Iowa Remains Leader of Alleged Puppy Mills Nationwide

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Humane Society of the United States released its annual report of the worst puppy breeders in America.

Once again, Iowa is a leader in the number of alleged puppy mills, according to the report.

The HSUSA named 15 Iowa breeding facilities as puppy mills and identified violations such as filthy conditions, animals covered in urine and feces, no protection from extreme cold and severely injured dogs with no adequate veterinary care.

Those accusations are based on public, state and USDA inspection reports.

Earlier this year Iowa was ranked by another group as having the worst animal protection laws in the country.

Missouri was the only state that had more breeders make the HSUSA list than Iowa.

Here are the states and number of breeders with violations:

  • Missouri: 30
  • Iowa: 15
  • Kansas: 14
  • Ohio: 9
  • Nebraska: 5
  • Pennsylvania: 5

Read the full report: “The Horrible Hundred 2016: Puppy Mills Exposed