Ohio 2nd on 'Horrible Hundred' list for puppy mills
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A new report by the Humane Society of the United States lists Ohio among the worst states for puppy mills.
The Humane Society hopes the list will help to draw a widespread awareness about cruel conditions at puppy mills, which are large pet breeding operations that focus on profit over animal welfare.
Missouri continues to have the largest number of puppy mills in the report for the sixth year in a row, with 23, according to the Humane Society. Ohio follows in the second spot, with 13. Rounding out the top five are Iowa with 10, Pennsylvania with nine, and Kansas and Wisconsin tied with eight each.
The Humane Society has flagged eight cities in the state of Ohio. Millersburg, Ohio topped the list with six violations.
One third of the breeders and dealers in this report are "repeat offenders," who have appeared in one or more of their past reports and have yet to been found, according to The Humane Society.
The report says that Campylobacter, which is a bacterial infection that can also spread from puppies to humans, is becoming more common in puppy mills.