The Dog just published the second excerpt from The Dog Merchants book. It’s the first 1,000 words or so of the chapter about the Hunte Corporation.

Many dog lovers have never heard of Hunte, but it is a big part of filling the demand for purebred dogs in America. Hunte is a middleman that, depending on the year, distributes 45,000 to 90,000 puppies from commercial farms and other breeders into pet stores nationwide, by way of its $10 million, 200,000-square-foot facility near Walmart and Tyson Foods.

Hunte has been sued on charges of racketeering by the Humane Society of the United States, received death threats and emails calling its workers “Christian devils,” and been cited by the state of Missouri in a complaint that contains the phrase “mass puppy graves.”

“The Dog Merchants”chapter about Hunte includes their perception of what they are doing, based on a full day that I spent inside with top officials.

Here are the first 1,000 words of that chapter, published with permission by