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Councilmember Leventhal Introduces Legislation to Limit the Sale of Pets Bred in Large-Scale Puppy Mills

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In October, I introduced legislation, Bill 50-14, which would ban pet stores from selling puppies or kittens bred in large-scale commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) defines puppy mills as a "large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs." Commercial dog breeding is regulated both at the federal and state level, although these laws generally provide very minimal standards of care. The Public Safety Committee work session included discussion on the impact on both the physical and behavioral health of the pets, and other issues associated with large-scale sales of pets.

For many families, bringing a pet into their home is like adding a family member that will be with them for many years. Bringing home a puppy or kitten that was obtained from a puppy mill increases the risk that the family pet will also bring endless health and behavioral problems. By taking action such as is proposed in this bill, we are trying to protect people who get their pets from Montgomery County pet stores and may not have considered where their pet came from.


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