Missouri tops the list for the worst puppy mills, 6 in the Tri-States

A dog with a bulging eye was found at Samples Creek Kennel, a Missouri puppy mill. Picture courtesy of U.S./MO Department of Agriculture, 2017

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released its annual "Horrible Hundred," report.

The report outlines conditions of poorly run puppy mills and dog sellers.

According to the HSUS, Missouri has the largest number of puppy mills on the report for the 6th year in a row.

The HSUS says these are the top offending puppy mill states:
-Missouri (23)
-Ohio (13)
-Iowa (10)
-Pennsylvania (9)

KHQA looked closer at the HSUS report and found the following locations listed from the Tri-States:

-Curryville, MO: Debra Ritter, Cornerstone Farms (Repeat Offender – 4th time)
"Huge Internet seller with more than 375 dogs has been cited bystate inspectors year after year for poor conditions; dogs had diarrhea, hair loss and fleas." - HSUS, 2018

-Edina, MO: Donald Schrage, Rabbit Ridge (Repeat Offender – 5th time)
"Problem puppy mill with more than 130 dogs still accumulating violations under a state license, despite revocation of its USDA license in 2016; violations have spanned more than two decades." -HSUS, 2018

-Middleton, MO: Name withheld by USDA

"Two nursing mother dogs were found “very thin” with prominent spine and pelvic bones." - HSUS, 2018

-Novelty, MO: Michael Franke, North River Kennel (Repeat Offender – 2nd time)
"Puppies had loose, bloody stools; inspectors warned breeder four times about keeping dogs on wire flooring withou tadequate resting surface; one dog had hair loss and reddened ears." - HSUS, 2018

-Novelty, MO; Name withheld by USDA

"Dog’s wound had not been treated by a veterinarian; food was contaminated with feces; dogs did not have enough protection from the bitter cold in winter or high heat in summer." - HSUS, 2018

-Bloomfield, IA: Name withheld by USDA
"Dead Chihuahua found with large, open wound had gone unnoticed by the licensee." - HSUS, 2018

According to the HSUS , the most significant difference in their 2018 report is the lack of names for many of the dealers in the report.

It said that was because of redactions made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on its public Animal Welfare Act records. The redacted information conceals the subject of these records. In addition, the USDA confirmed to the Humane Society's researchers the agency has not revoked any dog breeder licenses since the publication of the last Horrible Hundred report in May 2017.

Approximately one-third of the breeders and dealers in this report are repeat offenders. A few of the dealers have appeared in all five of the Horrible Hundred reports and yet are still in business.

The HSUS stated for every kennel that has closed its doors since their last report, a new one has been added to the list. They said there will be no end to puppy mills until laws are stronger and the public refuses to buy puppies from pet stores, online sites or other sources that don't allow them to meet the breeder of their puppy.

Editor's Note: The Humane Society report listed the Missouri town as"Middleton," not Middletown.

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