Flea markets around the country have become a haven for "puppy mills" to sell their animals to unknowing buyers. That's according to the Humane Society of the United States, which on Wednesday released the findings of a year long undercover investigation.
The group visited 21 flea markets in 10 different states, including Mississippi.
The findings show a link between certain flea markets and "puppy mills", which are breeding operations where the animals are often kept in poor conditions. The humane society said the lack of regulations at flea markets makes it ideal for selling the animals.
"Some of the worst sellers in the country, worst puppy mill operators in the country, who previously sold over the internet, are now selling at flea markets. And we can only assume that's to escape regulation," said Melanie Kahn with the Humane Society of the United States.
The humane society said that, nationwide, about 10,000 puppy mills produce around 2 million animals a year for the pet trade.