Horrible News for Iowa Animals

By on May 13, 2015

The “Horrible Hundred” is a list of puppy mills around the country and is published yearly. The list includes Iowa breeders (again) as the midwest is home to many of the worst facilities in the country.

From the Des Moines Register:

The Humane Society of the United States released for the third consecutive year a report of some of the worst puppy mills in the country. The society stated the list does not include all of the “worst” breeders.

“The Horrible Hundred 2015” report listed 100 dealers from 16 states. The states with the most breeders on the list were Missouri, with 23, and Kansas, with 16. Nebraska followed with 14 breeders, and Iowa ranked fourth with 11.

A puppy mill is described by the Humane Society as “an inhumane, commercial dog-breeding facility in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.”

Iowa has remained high on the list of states with the most puppy mills that are included in the reports by the Humane Society of the United States. In 2013, Iowa had the fourth-most, with eight. The state was fifth in 2014, with six on the list.

*Read the list at the Horrible Hundred link above or click the Des Moines Register link above to see the full story.

About Eric Forrest

Eric Forrest is a student, teacher, writer and dad. He's had 5 dogs, 4 cats, two ducks and a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health. When he's not writing about pets, he's writing essays, teaching literature, changing diapers and reading short stories.

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