Manhattan dog breeder says she is wrongly put on 'Horrible Hundred' list

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan breeder said she doesn't belong on the Humane Society of the United States’ list of puppy mills.

The HSUS put out its "Horrible Hundred" Tuesday. Got Game Bird Dogs owner Kelli Nelson said she doesn’t fit the bill of who they are after.

She said real puppy mills need to be stopped, but she's not one of them.

The Nelson's got their first two breeding dogs in November of 2017. As they grew, the Kansas Department of Agriculture told them they needed a license.

"They told us some things we needed to fix,” Nelson said. “We had bags of dog food on a cement floor, they said you need to have on pallets so we put that on pallets."

Nelson said Got Game Bird Dogs has been compliant with all the regulations the KDA has brought to them, which is why she believes they shouldn't be on the list.

She showed 13 NEWS how the kennels keep animals out of the elements, and their food and water system, disputing the HSUS’ post that their animals were neglected.

“We're trying to do the right thing,” Nelson said.

The Humane Society's website, includes a href="">checklist for finding responsible breeders when looking for puppies, like allowing you to visit and showing where puppies and breeding dogs spend their time and selling to only people they have met in person.

Nelson said they do both.

"I wouldn’t buy a puppy that I hadn't seen or that I hadn’t spent an extensive time talking to that breeder and felt comfortable knowing that they care for their dog,” Nelson said. “If you don’t talk directly to us on the telephone, it may not be us. There’s so many scams.”

She added that you can avoid any scams by coming out and seeing the pups, breeding dogs and their kennels.