If a pet owner left her dog to freeze to death outside in the cold, or allowed an animal's collar to become so embedded that the dog had a bleeding neck wound, or shot a dog simply because the animal couldn't produce puppies, they'd rightly be charged with cruelty, and we'd give the prosecutor a medal for the effort. But too often, if that person is the owner of a licensed, "legal" puppy mill, they're far more likely just to get a written warning. If we're lucky, they get a fine.
For the third year in a row, HSUS researchers have taken on the painstaking and heartbreaking task of reviewing hundreds of pages of state and federal inspection records to uncover and expose 100 puppy mills that are responsible for some of the most shocking and persistent mistreatment of man's best friend within that awful industry.
Our report, "The Horrible Hundred 2015," revealed unspeakably cruel conditions at puppy mills in 16 different states, with Missouri and Kansas heading the dishonorable list for the third year running in having the largest number of problem dealers. They are followed, in order, by Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas.