A list from the Humane Society of the United States that highlights problem puppy mills called the “Horrible Hundred” includes four mills here in Michiana. Listed are two in Middlebury, and one each in Nappanee and Shipshewana. Indiana had a total of 5 mills on the list, ranking it 7th worst in the nation.
One of the puppy mills in Middlebury had USDA violations that indicated unsanitary living conditions and a female dog that had a large prolapse that went untreated for up to six weeks. The other puppy mill in Middlebury has a violation for taping dog’s ears up with electrical tape, and the mill in Nappanee had its USDA license revoked when a sick puppy was sold and later died.
The full report, including specific information about the local mills (pages 16-18) can be found with the link below