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HSUS launches national puppy mill hotline

In Animal News on December 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Could there be a puppy mill in your community? Do you want to help, but you don’t know how or you may be afraid to do so? If you suspect puppy mill activity, you now have a place to turn for help: 1-877-MILL-TIP.

The Humane Society of the United States launched the first national puppy mill hotline during its third annual Puppy Mill Action Week (Nov. 30-Dec. 6). Started by the HSUS as a way to combat illegally and inhumanely bred dogs, the puppy mill hotline is designed to get information about cruel and unlawful activities at large-scale breeding facilities.

“Hundreds of thousands of dogs across the country are trapped in constant confinement their entire lives, producing puppies to profit the puppy mill owner,” said Justin Scally, manager of the HSUS Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force in a printed statement. “This tip line will be a vital tool to help free these dogs from a life of abuse.”

Working with law enforcement, animal shelters, and other agencies, the Puppy Mill Task Force develops cases, executes raids/rescues on puppy mill operations, and ensures enforcement of any laws that have been violated. Assembled in June 2009, the task force has already assisted in the rescue of more than 1,200 dogs and puppies from puppy mills across the United States.

The HSUS is encouraging people to report any suspicion of cruelty or unlawful activities involving puppy mills; to call the hotline with leads, especially those with “insider” information or even law enforcement officials.

To learn more about puppy mills and what you can do to help visit HumaneSociety.org/PuppyMills. —Megan Bender

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