Cities Are Slowly Putting Puppy Mills Out of Business. These States Are Trying to Stop Them.

By Henry Grabar

September 9, 2016

Last summer in Iowa, a woman gave Hillary Clinton a mission for her presidency: Shut down the nation’s puppy mills, commercial dog breeders infamous for keeping animals in poor conditions. Clinton responded with sympathy. “From everything I know about them, they really are terrible places for any animal, and particularly for dogs and cats. We need to do more.”

Animal rights organizations have been trying to do more for half a century. And lately, they’ve found a curious formula for success: Local laws that stop pet stores from selling animals raised at puppy mills.