the Office of Inspector General is taking notice of USDA’s malfeasance in covering-up abuse at puppy mills. A similar audit by OIG in 2010 had a significant impact on USDA in 2011 and 2012 and increased enforcement efforts dramatically in that time period. Hundreds of cruel puppy mills were forced to shut down in Missouri in the years shortly after the 2010 audit. We are hopeful that the same results will occur following the 2019 audit.
is also taking notice of USDA’s deceptive practices in concealing Animal Welfare Act violations from the public. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture inserted the following language in their budget report to USDA, “The Committee is deeply concerned by how the Animal Care program is being managed. In particular, it [USDA] has employed mechanisms such as ‘‘teachable moments’’ to avoid documenting violations of the laws it enforces. To address these concerns, the Committee directs Animal Care to
immediately require all its inspectors to cite every observed violation at any visit to a regulated entity
This is in addition to language by the Appropriations Subcommittee that requires USDA to once again post inspection reports on its website for public viewing
"in their entirety without redactions."
Congress Takes Action
We will keep you advised as we learn more about the OIG audit and how
USDA responds to instructions from Congress on how it should start enforcing
the Animal Welfare Act at puppy mills.