A dog breeder in Nebraska objects to the criticism leveled against her by the Humane Society of the United States.
Linda Hager operates a kennel in Crab Orchard, named by HSUS in its “Horrible Hundred” kennels in the country.
Hager has raised toy breed dogs in Crab Orchard for 20 years.
“I sell to a pet store in Omaha, have for years, he’s had no complaints of my puppies. The state inspector has talked to him. He’s talked to Early May’s. He’s talked to both my vets,” Hager tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE. “The Humane Society, basically, all you have to do is be a kennel to be a puppy mill as far as they’re concerned.”
HSUS names three dog breeders in Nebraska to its national “Horrible Hundred” list of so-called puppy mills. The society accuses those on the list of numerous animal welfare violations.
The 100 facilities listed are located in 20 states, with many of them in the Midwest.
The facilities listed in Nebraska include: Linda Hager in Crab Orchard; Barbara Crick of Cricks Kennels in Burwell; and Janice and Steph McCutcheon and Krystal Wulf in Guide Rock.
Hager levels her own accusation against HSUS.
“They have never inspected my facility. They have never been there. They have no idea what it is like, what it looks like, what kind of buildings I have. They know nothing.”
Hager says her operation is subject to inspections from both state and federal regulators. She says she consults with two veterinarians as well. Hager says if HSUS continues with its efforts, in ten to fifteen years, people won’t be able to go to a pet store or breeder and buy a puppy.
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Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this article.