“This report shows the importance of regular inspections in identifying substandard breeders and underscores the consumer protection offered by regulated breeding facilities and the pet stores who sell their puppies. Prospective pet owners can and should review inspection reports to ensure their new companion comes from a reputable source.
While this list is informative, it does nothing to improve animal welfare or to shut down illegal, unregulated puppy mills who actively avoid legally-required licensing and inspection. It’s worth noting that HSUS officials have publicly stated that they ‘cannot point to exact puppy mills that have shut down’ due to pet sale bans.
On the other hand, a review of the 100 breeders included on this list shows that 96 of these facilities would not be able to sell to pet stores as a result of stricter puppy sourcing legislation like that supported by the pet industry and currently in place in New Jersey and Connecticut. This type of legislation means stores cannot purchase from breeders who have been cited by the USDA for violations that adversely affect the health and well-being of their animals.
We disagree with the HSUS position that puppy mills ‘will end for good only when consumers become educated and stop buying puppies.’ While adopting a shelter pet is a wonderful option for many, it is not for everyone, including those with allergies and other circumstances that require a certain breed. Their right to find their perfect pet should not be taken away.
We in the responsible pet industry are proud to support legislation establishing meaningful sourcing restrictions, rather than well-intentioned but counterproductive sales bans. In this way, we are working to preserve pet choice and transparency while ensuring the health and well-being of companion animals.”
The HSUS Horrible Hundred report uses state and federal inspection reports to determine which breeders it includes.