For the past six years, Humane Society has analyzed federal and state inspections provided by the USDA to compile the Horrible Hundred list of problematic puppy mills.
The report details a kennel in Ackworth, Iowa, where, "dogs had live maggots crawling in their food; dog’s feet were falling through gridded flooring; licensee received prior official warning from the USDA."
In Cincinatti, Iowa, USDA documents show, a kennel had a "Yorkie had foot swollen to twice its normal size; puppy had swollen eyelids with yellow discharge; bichon had open wound on her neck."
Documents show a breeder in Fort Calhoun who, "failed state inspection after inspector found rodent and insect infestations; feces not cleaned for five to seven days; dogs were only given fresh water “about twice a week.”
In Newport, Neb., the report says, inspectors at one breeding facility found "one puppy had a leg torn off, according to state report; owner euthanized 14 unwanted dogs and puppies, refusing offer to send them to rescues; some were euthanized only because of burrs stuck in their fur."
The organization says there are as many as 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. and about a third of breeders listed in the Humane Society's report are "repeat offenders."