Scrutiny Increases on Puppy Mills

Breeding facilities range from legal-but-distasteful to downright abusive
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2007 9:09 PM CST
Dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Lexington, Neb., are seen at the Omaha Humane Society, in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, May 30, 2007. A short time after the May 16 rescue of 171 dogs from the property of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Local and state officials are starting to crack down on puppy mills—operations that breed dogs for profit, often under crowded, inhumane conditions. At the farms, the puppies are kept in relatively good shape—because they're what brings the money—but the breeding adults are kept in tiny cages and are often diseased and uncared for, MSNBC reports.

A recent raid rescued more than 1,000 dogs from an operation in Hillsville, Va., part of what the Humane Society says is increased scrutiny from local and state authorities. “We’re excited to be able to remove them from that horrible situation,” says a member of an anti-animal-cruelty group, which estimates there are thousands of such operations in the US.