Arizona Reverses Sale Ban, Allows Pet Stores to Sell Dogs and Cats

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
For a short time, Arizona banned the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores, but that was quickly overturned. The new law allows pet stores to once again sell puppies and kittens, as long as certain information is provided to the customer… but is it enough?

Well, that didn’t take long. Arizona has reversed its decision to ban the sale of certain pets at pet stores. They can once again sell commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. This new state-level legislation reverses local sales bans in Phoenix and Tempe as well as a proposed one in Tucson. It’s a blow to many animal rights activists, who believe that pet stores buy from puppy mills where breeding and living conditions are deplorable.

But other organizations, such as Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), are pleased with the results, as they say that the new law will help protect the consumer. The amended law requires pet stores to display the source of their animals, including the name of the breeder and the USDA license near the animals’ cage or crate.

Over here at PetGuide, we believe that consumers SHOULD be educated when it comes to purchasing a puppy. However, the amount of information provided by the pet stores is NOT enough. Puppy mills can still get USDA licenses and breed animals in terrible conditions. Even if they do get a slap on the wrist (and that is a small number), these “licenced breeders” can still continue to breed puppies and kittens without any repercussions. Just look at the HSUS Horrible Hundred 2016 Puppy Mills List (especially if you live in Arizona). Go into the pet store and see if any of the puppies or kittens for sale are from breeders on the list. The information that pet stores need to give customers, legally, is woefully inadequate and means little to the average consumer.

You should always go to see the breeder before you buy. You need to see the mother and father of the puppies, ask questions and tour the home and grounds. If the breeder won’t let you or doesn’t have an answer for you, chances are that it’s a puppy mill. By making an educated purchasing decision and learning about what to look for in a good breeder, you’ll be better able to spot the bad ones and help shut down puppy mills by cutting off their source of income.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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