Missouri tops Humane Society’s ‘Horrible Hundred’ report, again


Missouri and Kansas factories are on the list

The Humane Society released its 10th annual Horrible Hundred Report this month, listing “problem puppy mills” in the United States. And for the 10th year, it ranks Missouri No. 1.

“The Horrible Hundred Report is a list of known problematic puppy breeding and/or puppy brokerage facilities. This is not a list of all puppy mills, nor a list of the worst puppy mills in the country, but rather a list of dog breeders to avoid. –Meredith Lee / HSUS

What’s in the report?

The organization’s reports covered more than 650 breeders and dealers in 33 different states.

“The source of many puppies sold online or in pet stores, puppy mills are large commercial dog breeding businesses that put profits before animal welfare. Sick or injured dogs, unsafe cages and inadequate protection from heat and cold are among frequently documented problems in puppy mills.To compile the Horrible Hundred each year, we scour thousands of pages of federal and state inspection reports, looking for serious violations and repeated standards of animal care – Humane Society website

The Human Society’s goal with this report is “to alert the puppy-buying public to the alarming practices of puppy mills and to pressure government policymakers for more vigorous enforcement.”

Over the 10 years, they made this report:

  • Over 200 puppy sellers that have appeared in our previous reports appear to have closed or lost their licenses. A few dozen have been fined, criminally charged or imprisoned.
  • About 1,420 dogs have been rescued from Horrible Hundred breeders who have closed.
  • Eleven states and hundreds of cities and towns have passed new laws cracking down on puppy mills or preventing pet stores from selling puppy mill dogs.
  • Missouri has had the highest number of dealerships in the report for 10 consecutive years.

>> You can read the full report here which includes more details about the companies.

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Featured in this year’s report

The 2022 report includes an overview of an investigation in Kansas.

  • “Kansas investigators investigating a complaint found a breeder (Mary Moore/D and M Kennel) with a dead puppy on his property being carried in the mouth of an adult dog; the breeder admitted she dumped dead puppies in a field that morning because she was ‘in a hurry’; state inspectors did not cite Moore for any violations, and the USDA also did not document any violations in its inspection report from around the same time. – Horrible Hundred Report

There are also several in-depth analyzes of situations in Missouri, including the following:

  • “A self-described American Kennel Club (AKC) dog breeder in Missouri, Cory Mincey (Puppy Love Kennel), whom the Missouri Attorney General sued in 2019 for failing to provide proper care to many dirty, emaciated and dying dogs, found to be still in business and still racking up serious offenses over the past year; the state only fined him $4,500. – Horrible Hundred Report

The Humane Society’s “Hall of Infamy”

According to the Humane Society, locations that make their “Hall of Infamy” have been in at least three of their previous Horrible Hundred reports as well as the 2022 report. As of May 2, 2022, the organization claims they are all still dismissed.

  • Dryfork Kennel (Bill Nored); Prim, Arkansas
  • K-Bar Kennels (Kathryn Barber); Patterson, Georgia
  • Wolf Point Kennel (Helene Hamrick); Ackworth, Iowa
  • happy puppies [sic] (Henry Sommers), Cincinnati, Iowa
  • Stonehenge Kennel (Steve Kruse), West Point, Iowa
  • Unicorn Kennel (Joyce Cairns); Glasco, Kansas
  • Sho Me Labradors (Sandra Kozlowski), St. James, Missouri
  • The Sunshine Kennels of Hargis (Beverly Hargis); Hallville, Missouri
  • Rocky Top K9 (Ellen Roberts); Western Plains, Missouri
  • Beauchamp’s Puppy World (Kevin Beauchamp), Lebanon, Missouri
  • Puppy Love Kennel aka Cory’s Cuties (Cory Mincey); Elkland, Mo.
  • Frenchie’s Puppies, formerly A French Bulldog, aka Shadow Mountain Kennel, (Wendy Laymon aka Wendy Faith Steffensmeier); Rogerville, Mo.
  • Working German Shepherds Eichenluft (Margaret aka Molly Graf); Newville, Pennsylvania

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