Last week The Humane Society of the United States, as part of its seventh annual Puppy Mill Action Week, released “A Horrible Hundred,” which lists some of the worst puppy mills in the nation. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is meant to shine a light on the problem and is part of a plan to urge state legislatures to do more to protect dogs and shut down these operations.
There are lots of issues on which we don’t agree with HSUS, but this is not one of them. Puppy mills are cruel, produce many dogs with health problems, and give legitimate dog breeders a bad name. I am proud to say that there are no Vermont breeders listed in “A Horrible 100.”