Dogs Imprisoned at Dane County Research Puppy Mill

Inhumane conditions

These dogs live in stacked cages with wire mesh floors in windowless sheds, with no outdoor access, no grass, no sunlight

3,917 Dogs Imprisoned Near Mount Horeb

According to the 2016 Wisconsin State Inspection, Ridglan Farms keeps thousands of dogs in stacked cages in windowless sheds, with no outdoor access – they literally never leave their cages. These dogs are bred repeatedly, and their puppies are sold to labs across the country for experimentation. In 2017, Ridglan Farms reported that they owned 3,917 dogs to the Dept of Agriculture. To put that in perspective, the Dane County Humane Society adopted out 1,360 dogs in the same timeframe. The enormous scale of this puppy mill is almost impossible to comprehend. And it’s right in our backyard.

Many adult dogs are kept in two-level, stacked enclosures constructed of metal fencing and mesh flooring (floor area: approximately 8 SqFt, 2’ x 4’)


ridglan puppy mill farm for animal testing

horrific conditions

A number of adult dogs in the facility were displaying prominent stereotypical behaviors; such as circling, pacing, and wall bouncing.


The thousands of dogs at Ridglan Farms are living in horrific, inhumane conditions.  Their metal cages are stacked on top of one another. These “research dogs” never see the sunlight, go outside, or exercise, spending their entire lives locked in a cage.

“Dogs bred into life for use or sale as experimentation objects have all the same emotional complexities, sensations of suffering and deprivation, and inbred need for human companionship as household dogs which are loved as pets and members of the family. Yet the legalized cruelty and torture to which man’s best friend is subjected for profit in the U.S. is virtually limitless. ” Glenn Greenwald and Leighton Akio Woodhouse – The Intercept