Online Puppy Mills Are Finally Regulated By The USDA

Due to a loophole in Animal Welfare Act regulations, puppy mills were able to sell animals on-line without any regulation from the USDA.  Because of this, many animals suffered in horrific conditions with no veterinary care.  Thanks to public outcry led by the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Doris Day Animal League, this loophole has been closed.  The on-line dealers will be subject to the same regulations as everyone else.  I would like to thank all the members of congress who worked together across party lines to make this happen.  More information can be found at the HSUS website 

Although this will improve the conditions at puppy mills, it is still a horrible life for the animals destined to these conditions.  Therefore, I would encourage everyone to work with a reputable local breeder.  Better yet, my favorite solution is to adopt from shelters or rescue groups.  


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.