Missouri is tops in the nation on a list they’d probably rather not be on at all. The Humane Society has released their annual “Horrible Hundred” report documenting puppy mills across the country.
Kathleen Summers defines puppy mills as commercial breeding operations where puppies are produced primarily with profit incentive in mind. In such operations, the animals are typically kept caged, often for their entire lives until they’re sold, and are often ill-treated without access to good veterinarian care. Summers says part of the problem in Missouri is that enforcement often ends with a mere citation and no real punishment.
The Humane Society encourages concerned residents to contact law enforcement and/or your local shelter if you suspect animal abuse. You’re also encouraged to contact your lawmakers and tell them to do more to protect animals.