Pennsylvania Looks To Ban Puppy Mill Sales

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A new bill legislators in Pennsylvania are looking at would ban the sale of puppies who come from puppy mills in pet stores, and help close a loophole that allows them to be sold outside of stores at outdoor markets and on the side of the road.

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Representative Jason Ortitay introduced the bill that would require all pet store animals for sale to come from shelters or rescues, in an effort to both promote adoption of homeless dogs and prohibit puppy mills from irresponsible breeding.

According to the Puppy Mill Project, Amish and Mennonite communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana have large concentrations of puppy mills, and the bill would prevent those ‘breeders’ from selling their puppies to pet stores or in other venues.

Ortitay says that not only are families devastated when they buy sick puppies from pet stores (originally from puppy mills) but not allowing these breeders to sell their puppies to pet stores will also encourage unscrupulous breeders to work harder on humane conditions for their animals.

Additionally, Ortitay says that the bill must include closing the loophole that allows for animals to be sold at outdoor venues like flea markets or sales, or even on the sides of roads, as is often seen near Amish and Mennonite communities. Amish and Mennonite ‘breeders’ have long been the subject of controversy as many find their breeding practices unscrupulous, and the new law would require license numbers for breeders to be displayed when selling puppies.

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Ortitay says the goal is not to end the ability to buy specific breeds, but more to protect all animals from unscrupulous breeding solely for financial gain of the breeder. As well, families should be able to look at the conditions in which puppies are born and raised. Responsible breeders should have no issue being licensed and working hard to prove the health and welfare of their dogs.

The bill now will get assignment from the State House and will join other bills similarly passed in states like California, New Jersey and Maryland.