By Sharon Stevens
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- The Humane Society of Missouri has released a scathing report on alleged puppy mills in the state, just weeks before voters decide on new rules for dog breeding.
Twelve kennels, none of them in the St. Louis-area, are identified as keeping dogs in deplorable conditions.
Proposition B is the key issue. The November ballot includes the controversial Proposition B, known as the "Puppy Mill Initiative." Supporters say it will help keep dogs safe; opponents say it will put breeders out of business.
Rescuing canines from so-called puppy mills has become a big part of the Humane Society of the United States.
It's latest report is called "Missouri's Dirty Dozen."
The document identifies 12 kennels that are allegedly unsafe and unfit for dogs.
Officials say many of the licensed kennels have had previous bad reports.
HSUS says the latest findings are another reason for voters to support Proposition B.
But the Alliance for Truth opposes Prop B and officials question the timing of the report.
Alliance executive director Anita Andrews said Prop B is unnecessary, laws to protect mistreated animals are already on the books.
The Humane Society said the laws have not been effective.
If approved Prop B would, among other things, restrict breeders to no more than 50 breeding dogs. And large-scale operations would have to provide clean water, housing and vet care, regular exercise and rest between breeding cycles.
NewsChannel 5 attempted to reach all 12 of the kennels named in the report; only one, Walnut Creek Kennel in LaMonte, had a working phone number.
They promised to call NewsChannel 5 back. The 12 Missouri kennels listed in the Humane Society report are:
S&S Family Puppies, Milan
B&B Kennel, Galt
Windsong Kennels, Pattonsburg
Bar M Ranch, Spickard
Gingerich Farms, Bogard
Smith's Kennel, Salem
Mar-Don Kennel, Chillicothe
For Heaven's Sake Kennel, Reeds Spring
Tiny Tails, Edgar Springs
S K's Kennel, Brookfield
Hidden Valley Farms, Greencastle
Walnut Creek Kennel, La Monte