The Humane Society of the United States released its annual report revealing 100 problem puppy mills and puppy brokers in the United States, nine of which are located in Ohio, some in Wayne and Tuscarawas counties.
The puppy mills and brokers listed on the report were documented for a range of issues such as sick, underweight or injured dogs; unsanitary conditions; inadequate food and water; and lack of shelter from the elements.
Issues at the nine Ohio locations included illnesses in dogs, unsanitary conditions, matted fur, lack of documented veterinary care, lack of water, inadequate cage space, and excessive amounts of dog and rodent feces accumulated in the dogs’ enclosures.
The Humane Society of the United States listed problematic Ohio puppy mills and brokers in Apple Creek, Baltic, Dundee, East Palestine, Patriot, and Sugarcreek.
Each year the Humane Society of the United States releases a report of the "Horrible Hundred" in hopes to inform consumers of problematic sellers, to encourage agencies to take actions to improve or shut down these puppy mills and brokers and to encourage stronger laws against animal cruelty.
To read the full list of problematic puppy mills and brokers in Ohio and across the country, click here.