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4 of America's worst breeding kennels in Midstate

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The Humane Society of the United States released new information Tuesday regarding the worst dog breeding kennels in the country.

Of the top 101, four are in the Midstate.

JR's Kennel in Quarryville, Ronks Kennel in Ronks, Run Way Kennel in Gordonville and Deep Run Kennel in Lebanon are all cited on the report.

"Lancaster County is very well known for being the Puppy Mill Capitol of the World," Lancaster County SPCA director Susan Martin said.

Martin says her SPCA receives three to four puppy mill dogs a week, sometimes even more. Two weeks ago, she says they found a 4-year-old poodle that escaped from a puppy mill. "Wonda" is on the verge of giving birth and was was in poor condition.

"They are matted, they are not cared for," she said. "Even at a younger age, they come in with horrible teeth. So, they are not fed a good diet that keeps them overall healthy. That's the worst part of it."

All of the Pennsylvania kennels on the Humane Society's list have received dozens of citations and notifications over the years.

Wonda escaped before giving birth. If she hadn't, her puppies would have sold for around $500 each.

"It's very difficult when you are working with puppy mill dogs," Martin said. "They aren't socialized, and to get them to understand that you are here to help them and want to do the best for them, it's a difficult thing sometimes."

Unlike the breeders, the SPCA values the care given over the money received.

"They are in it for the profit, not the care of the animal," Martin said.

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