Report: Missouri is Nation’s Worst Puppy Mill State

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Despite all its efforts in recent years, Missouri remains far-and-away the nation’s worst puppy mill state.

A new report is out from the Humane Society, and the list of offenses at Missouri dog-breeding facilities fills page after pagenine puppies dead in one week, animals smeared in their own waste with matted clumps “as large as baseballs,” and dogs that couldn’t walk or suffering from open wounds.

Humane Society of Missouri president Kathy Warnick says despite the findings, things are getting better in the Show-Me State.

“There were more than 1800 puppy mill breeders that were licensed in the state of Missouri,” she says. “Since the implementation of Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, the number of licensed breeders has been reduced to 864.”

Of those, the Humane Society labels 22 as “problem puppy mills.”

Kansas, #2 on the list, has 13.

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Puppy mills are still a problem in Iowa


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MASON CITY, Ia – “It’s Iowa’s dirty little secret,” says Sybil Soukup, Executive Director of the Humane Society of North Iowa.

She’s done her research and sees the consequences when dogs from an unethical breeder come to her.

While there are breeders in the state who take good care of their animals, there are others who don’t.

“There are breeders out there that take very good care of their animals and their breeding puppies, not to make money, but because they love the breed so much and want to share the joy of that breed with other people. We don’t have a problem with those types. It’s the people that are breeding hundreds of dogs, making them live in substandard conditions that are inhumane and cruel and doing it for the money.” she says.

According to the a new national ranking by the US Humane Society, Iowa is…

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