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Tue, Nov 13 | By Matt Van Hoven | 470

VIRGINIA - Last week we told you about a report from the Humane Society of the United States that described the conditions of Virginia's numerous puppy mills. As a result of that report, Virginia authorities have rescued nearly 1,000 d… more ›

HSUS Uncovers Massive VA. Puppy Mill
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Chris Z.
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Chris Z.
5 years ago

Another puppy mill!

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

So now he's only allowed to have 200 dogs. Big deal! He's still a puppy mill whether it's 500 or 200.

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Nikole M.
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Nikole M.
5 years ago

all need to be shut down

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Tammy37
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Tammy37
5 years ago

Puppy mills are a terrible thing, they need to be shut down

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Janice K.
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Janice K.
5 years ago

puppy mills suck

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JoAnn C.
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JoAnn C.
5 years ago

I'm glad the pups appear to be in good condition. I don't understand why he was allowed to keep 200 and continue breeding dogs. There is probably more to this story than reported here in this article.

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

I also wonder that. I bet he is still doing the same thing. Why couldn't his license be revoked. Am glad the animals were found with some semblance of care.

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

Wow, puppy mills are just everywhere aren't they? I'm actually disappointed that the owner was allowed to continue breeding, but I guess that was the best that could be done.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

The Humane Society of the United States has been doing a truly wonderful job in investigating and describing the truly horrendous conditions in puppy mills in Virginia, as well as all other areas of our country. I wonder how many people know that one of the biggest offenders in the puppy mill business are the good, God fearing, progress hating Amish folks of Pennsylvania? The bottom line is quite simple. As long as people persist in buying mass produced animals from pet shops and not finding a companion animal in a local shelter or rescue group this problem will continue, despite the best efforts of The Humane Society and numerous other animal advocacy organizations.

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Caitlyn D.
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Caitlyn D.
6 years ago

Puppy Mills should be against the law.

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Dariene G.
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Dariene G.
6 years ago

Wow!!..i hope this guy still does good with his puppy breading!!

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Glad that the animals appeared to be in good shape but why is this business in progress and is it still????

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

Why did they let him keep so many??

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Meghan
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Meghan
6 years ago

I agree with many other people: this man should not be able to keep any of the dogs. He was in violation of what his license allowed. Plus, breeders like him and puppy mills are only contributing to this nation's severe pet overpopulation problem. I hear so many people say they "saved" an animal from a pet store. All they are doing is supplying puppy mills with more money to continue what they are doing. If you really want to save a life, adopt!

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Bfyorkies
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Bfyorkies
6 years ago

If people would stop buying from these puppy mills then maybe they would not stay in operation. Someone needs to keep up with pet stores and site them for purchasing from puppy mills

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Sure can't provide proper socialization for that many dogs.

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

Good to know that most were "healthy", however, very scary to hear that many in a puppy mill. Hope all turned out well.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

He is licensed to have 500 and they found 1000??? Why is he allowed to keep any of them? He broke the law license or not. Take all the dogs away & put the scum bag out of business.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

I'm really having a problem with such a large number of unspayed females out there in the hands of breeders. I think its WAY TOO MANY and wish they would have taken more.

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Laurel C.
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Laurel C.
6 years ago

So he is allowed to continue his business? What is wrong with this picture???

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

If people did not buy dogs from these breeders, they would have no reason to be in business. It is very hard to determine where the dog comes from. How many people actually go and visit the actual breeder?

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mary
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mary
6 years ago

What a jerk scumbag! He is a puppy mill manager. He doesn't even need to breed anything. Breeding SHOULD become a thing of the past---very soon.

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

atleast they found this awful place. yuck i feel so bad for those animals!

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

Why does he get to keep any dogs? That is crazy. He is only going to keep breeding them and he will be back up to 500 in no time. Shut this man down.

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Cam J.
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Cam J.
6 years ago

This is horrifying, why let him keep any dogs? I cannot believe they give someone a license to have 500 dogs. What is this world coming to?

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

MOre reason not to buy breeds but to get from humane shelters.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

Come to Ohio, you ain't seen nothing to what we put up with. Hopefully we get laws soon????

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LIZ R.
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LIZ R.
6 years ago

GREEDY HEARTLESS BASTARD

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Smlhelps
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Smlhelps
6 years ago

way to many dogs i feel they need to put a limit on the amount of dogs a breeder can have at one time (including the puppies).

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

he claims he is allowed to own 500. he has two times that much. more than half are there to breed more... no one else sees something wrong with this picture!!!!

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Actions taken against this hoarder is an insult to the hard-working shelter volunteers throughout southwest Va. Single-handed, Junior Horton is the reason for high rates of death. On top of that, the authorities have given him legal permission to do so. Instead of correcting a bad situation, the authorities made it worse. NOW, YOU KNOW WHY THERE IS A PET OVERPOPULATION.

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Amanda
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Amanda
6 years ago

I can't believe people are allowed to have licenses to breed that many puppies, that is just sick and disgusting. Breeding shouldn't even be legal at all when there are so many perfectly good homeless pets in the world.

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Jessie  G.
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Jessie G.
6 years ago

Puppy mills are disgusting and there is no way that one person can take care of two hundred dogs.

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Kristi L.
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Kristi L.
6 years ago

I don't know how anyone can truly be able to care for 500 dogs. He was in violation of this license by double. It seems crazy they would allow him to continue and keep 200.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

I don't know why they are allowing him to keep 200 dogs and his license. He should face animal cruelty charges and have his license taken away.

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

I wish the term "breeder" wouldn't be used so loosely. It is a slap in the face to reputable people who research bloodlines and try to produce the dog of sound mind & body for the family to enjoy as a member of their household. These "breeders" should legally be referred to as : MILLERS. Laws should be changed not to license facilities the ability to keep 200 dogs!!! This should produce a red flag as to what's going on their...either a "miller" or a "hoarder". Neither one good. I've never known of a reputable show dog breeder that housed even a quarter of that many dogs. You cannot possibly socialize them when you have too many.

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Jenn
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Jenn
6 years ago

What were they thinking?! He shouldn't be able to keep any of the dogs. Authorities need to be a lot stricter when it comes to puppy mills and animal cruelty.

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Betty B.
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Betty B.
6 years ago

Why in the world was this man allowed to keep any dogs, let alone 200? This doesn't make any sense. Puppy Mills are illegal aren't they? I know he had a license but that doesn't mean that he doesn't treat animals inhumanely and abuse them. This is an outrage!

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

glad they got shut down

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Lory
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Lory
6 years ago

think of it this way, he was secretly fined by them removing 800 of the dogs from his care...800 dogs he wont be making a profit on now:D ...i dont feel sorry him in the least

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Lory
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Lory
6 years ago

i think the only reason they didnt shut him down altogether is the fact that the dogs seemed to be in fairly good condition

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Roxann
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Roxann
6 years ago

I hope more of these mills can be shut down! Hopefully they were able to adopt out the healthy pets if there were any.

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Getta S.
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Getta S.
6 years ago

The main thing that has always bothered me,is when a raid is made on hoarders,puppy mills,backyard breeders or such groups WHY on earth are alot of these people allowed to have some of the animals back..,I just don't get it !

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danielle t.
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danielle t.
6 years ago

I WISH THE STORIES WOULD STAY UP LONGER AS WELL! THEY SAID THE DOGS WERE IN GOOD SHAPE AND THEY HAD A LICENSE ...HOW CAN THEY TAKE THEM AWAY THEN? IF THEY ARE LEGAL AND NOT BEING ABUSED? SO I DONT KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM REALLY IS (THOUGH I AM VERY AGAINST PUPPY MILLS...THEY WILL ALWAYS BE HERE AND THEY MIGHT AS WELL BE RUN PROPERLY AND HAVE HEALTHY ANIMALS WHICH SEEMED LIKE THIS ONE) THE WOMANS COMMENT FROM HSUS JUST STRUCK ME AS TOTALLY STUPID! SOMETIHNG LIKE "THERE IS NO WAY SOMEONE CAN CARE FOR A THOUSAND ANIMALS" THEY COULD HAVE ONE EMPLOYEE FOR EVERY TWO ANIMALS (NOT LIKELY BUT IT IS POSSIBLE TO CARE FOR THAT MANY ANIMALS) JUST MADE THE WHOLE STORY SOUND DUMB TO ME......

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Lory
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Lory
6 years ago

i dount very much that he would have one employee for every two dogs....he runs a puppy mill which is an operation that operates on generating the highest profits possible per dog...payroll is an operating expense that is likely kept to a minimum

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
7 years ago

I hope in the future more puppy mills are shut down.

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Katrina  J.
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Katrina J.
7 years ago

Terrible

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Rememberingromeo
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Rememberingromeo
7 years ago

I certainly wish there were more local authorities could do here! This is awful. Thanks to the HSUS. Now we just need more citizens to back them up and get the laws changed.

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Lory
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Lory
6 years ago

easier said than done but the most rewarding way to do it

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
7 years ago

I read about this in our local paper. Thank goodness the Huamen Society of the United States was successful!

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Dee
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Dee
7 years ago

Ban him from pet ownership for life. Make him volunteer for hundreds of hours at the local shelter.

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Slickabrina
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Slickabrina
7 years ago

These puppy mills are such tragedies!

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Hdziema
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Hdziema
7 years ago

awful awful awful.

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