Puppy mills are breeding operations that sell through stores, swap meets and the Internet. Facilities that mass produce puppies in Hawaii remain hidden from public view – often on agriculture-designated lands that are exempt from a law that limits dog ownership to a maximum of 10.
In February 2011, 153 dogs were found in neglected and filthy conditions and were rescued from this commercial dog-breeding business. Learn About the 2011 Waimanalo Puppy Mill Case and more cases of irresponsible breeders.
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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Please testify in support of House Bill 185, which would regulate large-scale dog breeders. The inspections requirements related to large-scale dog breeders in HB185 are clear and would guarantee a minimum quality of life for animals kept for breeding purposes. This bill has been passed out of its first committee, but it still has a long way to go. To monitor its progress and testify when it next comes up for a hearing visit Capitol.Hawaii.gov.
- Shop at pet supply stores and businesses that do not sell puppies for profit.
- Contact pet shops and encourage them to allow the Hawaiian Humane Society to inspect breeding facilities.
- Tell your legislators, city council members, friends and family that this issue concerns you. Post your concerns through social media sites: Twitter, Facebook and Craigslist.
- Educate your friends and family by reading our FAQs.
- Complain about a puppy purchase on Yelp!, to the Better Business Bureau, the State of Hawaii’s Office of Consumer Protection and other consumer advocacy organizations.
- Promote adoptions from shelters and rescue groups through your personal network.
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