Iowa has once again been named one of the worst in the country for problem puppy mills.
This is according to a new report from the Humane Society of the United States. The Humane Society says Iowa has the second most puppy mills in the U.S., second only to Missouri. A puppy mill is a type of commercial breeder who continues to churn out animals for sale, often without regard to their care or living conditions.
13 Iowa dog breeders were on the Humane Society’s “Horrible Hundreds” list for worst puppy mills and puppy sellers in the country.
KWWL caught up with the Cedar Bend Humane Society about how we can change this. Retired Veteran Kent Melik helps care for animals there. He says he’s seen a number of dogs who’ve come from puppy mills.
“They had medical conditions, heart disease, just weren’t well taken care of.” Recently, Cedar Bend looked after nine Samoyeds that came from a puppy mill.
Melik says, “Those dogs have not had the socialization you’ll get from a breeder. A good breeders cares about their breed; what the puppy mill is, is all they want to do is put out numbers and sell as many puppies as they can.”
Melik read the humane society’s report, which listed breeders in Iowa where they found, “four puppies died,” or “had missing hair, flaking skin and crusty eyes.”
He says there’s something we can do when adopting. “Good breeders should allow you on the property to check out the condition and spend a lot of time with the dog you plan to adopt.”
He suggests avoiding pet stores that are selling puppies for higher prices. He encourages adoptions from the Humane Society, but if you are going to get a dog from a breeder, do your research and make sure they’re reputable.”
For a closer look at the report from the Humane Society of the United States, CLICK HERE.