HSUS assists more than 200 German Shepherds rescued from puppy mills in Georgia, Maryland

By on January 15, 2019 with 0 Comments

For dogs bred in puppy mills, there are no good days. They are crammed into small spaces, often denied basic needs like food and water and veterinary care, and they rarely, if ever, get the human companionship and enrichment that makes their lives better and healthier. There is no excuse for such cruelty and neglect, and that’s why, here at the Humane Society of the United States, an end to the scourge of puppy mills is a priority.

Our approach is a comprehensive one. We push for stronger federal regulation of puppy mills. We advocate for legislation at state and local levels of government to end the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores. We raise awareness among consumers about adopting from shelters and rescue groups, or from responsible breeders. We assist local law enforcement officials with rescuing animals from puppy mills. And when necessary we assist shelters when they find themselves in a bind after too many animals rescued from a puppy mill pour in, as a recent case illustrates.

In Maryland recently, local law enforcement agents rescued 54 German Shepherd dogs, including 40 dogs who were seized from a property in Pocomoke and 14 puppies who were born after the rescue. It turned out that the operator had previously lost her kennel license in Pennsylvania and had moved to Maryland. Somerset County Animal Control officers have brought animal cruelty charges against her.

The shelter involved in this response is in a rural, underserved area of the state and operates on a tiny budget. Suddenly, it found itself with dozens of large dogs who needed care and feeding, as well as veterinary treatment. The entire shelter only has three officers, and in addition to their dog law enforcement duties, they were doing everything from evidence collection to kennel maintenance to processing adoption applications. One of the officers was even bathing the dogs herself on the weekends.

Upon hearing that the shelter was under-resourced, the HSUS provided grants to help with the veterinary needs of the recovering dogs, all of whom will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. We also assured the shelter we would assist with any dogs who need additional placement help, and we are helping move some of the dogs to our placement partners. Members of the Stop Puppy Mills team and Animal Rescue Team visited the dogs earlier this week to ensure they were receiving everything they needed, and brought them leashes and other supplies.

The animals are now receiving excellent care. When our staff members visited, they found the dogs clean and well-fed and thriving. When they reach their forever homes it’ll be a far cry from the trash-littered, feces-strewn house in which they were first found.

In another case needing our intervention in Candler County, Georgia, our Animal Rescue Team worked with the Atlanta Humane Society and the Candler County Sheriff’s office to provide safe haven for a portion of the 150 dogs who needed to be quickly removed. We facilitated the placement of and offered funding to our shelter and rescue partners that answered the call, including Cashiers Highlands Humane Society, Paws Bryson City and Moore Humane Society in North Carolina, Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina, Pet Alliance Orlando and Nassau Humane Society in Florida, and Brandywine Valley SPCA in Pennsylvania, where the dogs are available for adoption.

In 2019, our work to end the misery of puppy mills continues. Two states, California and Maryland, banned the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and we expect more states to take up similar legislation this year. Also 290 localities around the country now have ordinances banning the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores, including large cities like Atlanta and Salt Lake City. Increasingly, Americans are recognizing that there is no place for puppy mills in a country that loves dogs as much as we do, and we at the HSUS are working hard to ensure that the day when puppy mills are history comes sooner rather than later.

P.S. To inquire about adopting the dogs rescued in Maryland, contact Somerset County Dog Control in Westover, Maryland. To inquire about dogs rescued from the Georgia case, contact the Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina, the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia or the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Pennsylvania. Most of these shelters will require residents to apply in person if they want to adopt.

Japan’s rogue stance on whaling deserves worldwide condemnation

By on January 14, 2019 with 4 Comments
Japan’s rogue stance on whaling deserves worldwide condemnation

Japan this week formalized its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission in a letter, setting the stage for its resumed killing of hundreds of whales in its coastal waters and perhaps elsewhere as well. Japan announced its departure from the IWC last month, and with . . . 

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A blog renamed, a mission renewed

By on January 11, 2019 with 2 Comments
A blog renamed, a mission renewed

These are exciting times for the animal protection movement, and especially for those of us who work at the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates, including Humane Society International and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. The year 2019 has come in with . . . 

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‘A Dog’s Way Home’ celebrates bond between veterans and dogs; addresses problems with breed-specific bans

By on January 10, 2019 with 1 Comment
‘A Dog’s Way Home’ celebrates bond between veterans and dogs; addresses problems with breed-specific bans

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States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

By on January 9, 2019 with 8 Comments
States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

Late last year, Pennsylvania investigators found a dog named Cam dead and frozen solid on a heavy chain, wedged between a small dog house and a fence. He appeared to have been digging for warmth when he died. As heartbreaking as this story is, unfortunately, . . . 

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Complaints about sick Petland puppies pour in after HSUS undercover investigation

By on January 8, 2019 with 9 Comments
Complaints about sick Petland puppies pour in after HSUS undercover investigation

On December 11, we released the results of our shocking undercover investigation at two Petland locations, one in Las Vegas and another in Kennesaw, Georgia, where our investigators found several sick puppies and a dead puppy in a freezer. When we started the investigation, we . . . 

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Breaking news: Supreme Court lets stand California, Massachusetts bans on cage confinement; foie gras ban

By on January 7, 2019 with 4 Comments
Breaking news: Supreme Court lets stand California, Massachusetts bans on cage confinement; foie gras ban

In a victory that will likely prevent significant suffering for millions of farm animals, the Supreme Court today snuffed out efforts by the factory farming lobby and associated interests to overturn landmark laws against cage confinement in California and Massachusetts, and a California ban on . . . 

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For my mom, the first animal advocate I ever knew

By on January 4, 2019 with 12 Comments
For my mom, the first animal advocate I ever knew

I lost my mother this week. She was 92 years old, and she packed most of those years with a remarkable compassion for animals – a compassion she cultivated in my sisters and me as well as in countless other people she encountered. My mother . . . 

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116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

By on January 3, 2019 with 3 Comments
116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson We are on Capitol Hill today for the swearing in of the 116th Congress, along with Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund colleagues. We’re meeting with members of Congress, old and new, and gearing . . . 

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North Carolina, where a lion just killed a woman, is one of only four states with no law against private ownership of dangerous wild animals

By on January 2, 2019 with 2 Comments
North Carolina, where a lion just killed a woman, is one of only four states with no law against private ownership of dangerous wild animals

Over the weekend, Americans were shocked by an incident at the Conservators Center in North Carolina, a privately run wild animal menagerie, where a 22-year-old intern who was cleaning an enclosure was attacked and killed by a lion. Law enforcement shot and killed the lion . . . 

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California, which passed world’s strongest farm animal protection law and the nation’s first cosmetics testing ban, tops Humane State rankings again

By on December 28, 2018 with 1 Comment
California, which passed world’s strongest farm animal protection law and the nation’s first cosmetics testing ban, tops Humane State rankings again

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By on December 27, 2018 with 0 Comments
Significant gains in federal policy in 2018, despite challenges

As 2018 draws to a close, so too does the 115th Congress. Each year, the federal team at our affiliate Humane Society Legislative Fund pushes hard to advance legislation that protects animals, and this year, we saw strong progress. Notably, in the Farm Bill signed . . . 

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