Puppy Mill Watchdog
Puppy mill dog breeders can be found in every state. No breed of dog or state is immune to puppy mill dog breeders. While some states may not have many, other states are well known puppy mill states.
A puppy mill is any dog breeder who places profit over the health and well-being of the dogs in their care. Not providing proper mental and physical care of the dogs is abuse, neglect and flat-out cruelty. Buying a puppy from a puppy mill continues the cycle.
Puppy mills sell and ship puppies online and through websites that list hundreds of puppies for sale and this is legal. Most of these breeders are licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. These USDA dog breeders can keep barns full of mother and father dogs stacked in cages kept pregnant.
As we said, puppy mill dog breeders can be found in every state but there are many states that are well known puppy mill states. The Midwest is known as the puppy mill belt. Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, are all well known puppy mill and puppy producing states and hotbeds of puppy mill commerce.
Many of these commercial breeders are Amish and Mennonite dog breeders. The Amish and Mennonite communities of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York have well known, high concentrations of dark barns and sheds full of dogs.
Stop Online Puppy Mills monitors the online sale of puppies to protect and educate buyers. We report unethical breeders, and stay current on laws and legislation that help protect the breeding dogs and puppies living in the hands of these breeders.