The Humane Society reacts to tougher sentences.
The Humane Society of the United States applauds judges and prosecutors across the country who are cracking down on puppy mills.
Increasingly, owners and operators of the cruel, large-scale puppy producing factories are being held accountable when they commit animal abuse and neglect.
This trend has developed after several states adopted laws to protect dogs confined in puppy mills.
Dogs from puppy mills are mass produced solely for profit and are sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog's health, genetic history or welfare.
The HSUS has assisted in rescuing animals from more than 16 puppy mills nationwide in the past 10 months, rescuing more than 3,000 dogs and puppies from deplorable, inhumane conditions. These dogs are finally free from the years of abuse they needlessly endured.