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A national animal welfare group says Iowa has the third-most businesses it has identified as "puppy mills," saying puppies and dogs at some of them are living in "filthy, hazardous conditions" without adequate care. The Humane Society of the United States on Monday released its annual "Horrible Hundred" report that lists dog breeders it says fail to provide adequate care to dogs and puppiesbased on state and federal inspections, complaints from the public and undercover investigations. Missouri had the largest of businesses on the list at 21, followed by Ohio with 16, and Iowa at Rounding out the top five, Nebraska and Pennsylvania each had eight breeders on the list, the group reported.
It noted that the list is not comprehensive because "many puppy mills are not inspected at all, thus no verifiable records on their conditions exist. It estimates, however, that there are 10, puppy mills across the country.
They often churn out large s of animals in unsanitary, inhumane operations that ignore the needs of the pups and their mothers, the group says, adding that dogs from puppy mills may be sick and unsocialized. Many of the businesses are d and "are still in business despite years of animal care violations, including citations for injured and emaciated dogs, dogs and puppies exposed to extreme weather, and dogs found living in filthy and miserable conditions," the Washington, D. The group said the problems it discovered follow "a history of increasingly weak oversight" by the U.
Department of Agriculture, "where animal care standards were already low. At the same time, more housebound Americans were buying pets, the group said. It found that in Iowa, a businesses had received a state dog breeder's after a woman associated with it was charged with animal neglect nine years ago, when law enforcement officials raided her home and found five dead dogs.
The report cited a September animal welfare inspection by the Iowa Department of Agriculture inspector that said Mary Brodersen was operating a breeding facility without a. The inspector said Brodersen told her she had 35 cocker spaniels and a litter of puppies and agreed she needed a permit.
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A state later was issued to Ricky Brodersen. Tax records indicate that Mary and Ricky Brodersen own two properties — the one that was raided inand the other where Mystical Cockers is d, the group said.
The Humane Society said its biggest concern from the state inspection last fall was that dogs were kept in small cages, "living in 2 feet by 3 feet stacked enclosures," sometimes two to three levels high, with wire floors — "classic puppy mill conditions. They said the business appeared to have sold to at least one pet store without a proper. Ewoldt said Monday that many of the problems had been addressed and she was working on some of the remaining issues, such as making repairs to a dog run.
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She said her dogs are well-cared for. To be called a puppy mill, she said, is upsetting.
The inspector ordered the operation to have the dogs groomed. It was the sixth time the business had been listed in the Humane Society's report. A followup inspection showed the kennel was in compliance.
It's the business's fourth time in Humane Society's report. State inspectors reported some dogs had no protection from the cold and most had only frozen water in January; they also found what they said were violations for numerous dirty and unsafe conditions. A March inspection showed the facility was in compliance.
Kurt Pille said Monday that the report is unfair and that the business has addressed the concerns outlined by the state. It was fifth time the business was cited in the report. The facility passed an inspection in September, with the inspector noting that earlier problems had been addressed. For example, the kennels had been "thoroughly cleaned" with comfort p added, so the dogs had an area to recline. It passed an inspection in December.
State inspectors said they found feces and urine odors, unsanitary conditions and housing in disrepair. The e came into compliance in December. It was the business' second time in report.
The Humane Society encourages families looking for puppies to buy them a responsible breeder, who typically is willing to meet with them in person and show where puppies are born and raised. Puppy mills commonly sell through the internet, flea markets and pet stores, it noted.
Donnelle Eller covers agriculture, the environment and energy for the Register. Reach her at deller registermedia. Facebook Twitter. Iowa has third-largest of problem 'puppy mills,' Humane Society says, naming 11 businesses.
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