Several thoughts on this.
First, HSUS is a terrible, corrupt organization that cares little about animals as pets, spends almost NOTHING on animal shelters, destroys many perfectly healthy animals that they are involved in seizing, and whose real objective is to eventually legislate away all rights to own animals in any capacity.
Second, there are HORRIFIC conditions in FULLY LICENSED puppy mills. Commercial, large-scale breeding of dogs is wrong. We have laws in most (if not all) states requiring licensure and inspection of these commercial dog breeding facilities. The facilities remain filthy, disease-ridden and breeding substandard specimens who live their entire breeding lives in cages. They ARE "regulated", and these conditions are considered acceptable by the government. How are more laws going to improve that?
The Great Dane case in NH was NOT a puppy mill. It was a crazy dog lady with mental illness problems. Commercial dog breeders don't keep the dogs in their home, no matter how huge it is. And no matter how awful this looks, real, commercial puppy mills are far worse. Because the people aren't crazy, they are better at hiding it.
I have a friend who lives a few towns away from me and breeds a litter every couple of years. As well as her two breeding-age bitches, she has two retired older females and a neutered male. SHE has to have a kennel license and be inspected annually by the animal control officer in her town. Why do we need more laws?
More legislation for dog breeding is not the answer. Enforcing the laws already in place is part of the answer. You can't tell me that the Great Dane situation didn't already violate numerous state and local laws. People being SMART and not buying pet store dogs and internet sale dogs are the answer to the puppy mill problem.
And don't let this article give you the idea that "rescues" are all sunshine and roses either. There are some WONDERFUL local
animal shelters and breed rescues that do great work. There are also many, MANY "shelters" that are thinly veiled "dog selling" operations that pick up dogs cheap in the south, in Puerto Rico or overseas, bring diseases into our areas with these dogs, and "sell" them for outrageous "adoption fees" in parts of the US that have no stray problem, like here in the North East.
Sorry, but articles like this one get me hot under the collar because they totally misrepresent what the REAL issues are. I know that was not your intent, and people get taken in by HSUS all the time.
Read more about HSUS here: https://www.humanewatch.org/10-thing...ow-about-hsus/