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Chicago Council Approves Ban of Puppy Mill Sales at Pet Stores

March 6, 2014 NBC Chicago

Chicago aldermen on Tuesday voted 49-1 to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from "puppy mills" at city pet stores. 

City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who supported the measure, said Chicago will now be a "national leader in humane laws" for pets. "It cuts off a pipeline of the animals coming from the horrendous puppy mill industry and instead moves us towards a retail pet sales model that focuses on adopting out the many, many homeless animals in need of loving homes in this city," Mendoza said.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said that while he originally supported the proposal he voted no because he believes it will just push the problem to the suburbs and he thinks there needs to be a statewide solution. Other states have considered banning "puppy mills." 

Proponents of a proposed ban in Connecticut claim mills sell sick animals to pet shops around the state, leaving pet owners with hefty veterinary bills.

In August Gov. Pat Quinn signed a so-called "puppy lemon law" to protect those who buy a dog or cat and then learn the animal is seriously ill. Quinn said the law "is all about protecting our pets and protecting our families who love their pets."

February 19, 2017 Thanks To New Law, San Francisco Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue Pets 

In San Francisco, pet stores will only be allowed to sell rescue pets after a new law was passed by city officials. The law targets inhumane puppy breeding operations, or “puppy mills,” in and around the city. This law exempts licensed breeders who operate humane breeding operations. 

San Francisco joins other cities that have done the same, including Austin, Boston, San Diego, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Comment: It's about time that Vancouver, B.C. does the same. Our civic leaders have long ignored the issue.

BC municipalities starting to prohibit rabbit sales in pet stores; UBCM resolution passes; letters; Vancouver 2017

California bans stores from selling dogs, cats, rabbits 

Oct, 16 2017 News  

Starting on January 1, 2019, the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act—approved by Gov. Jerry Brown—will prohibit stores from selling these animals unless they were acquired from a public animal control agency, shelter, or rescue group. Violators can be charged $500 per animal if found breaking the law. Unfortunately, breeders are still able to sell animals directly to buyers. 

Thirty-six cities in the state already had similar breeding mill–ban legislation in place, including West Hollywood, which was the first city in the nation to ban the sale of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills. 

Jurisdictions with Retail Pet Sale Bans

Read more: New York City may ban the sale of pet rabbits; update: victory!

Cat, dog sale ban decision delayed, but change on way in Canada; Toronto, Waterloo, Maple Ridge modernize bylaws

Sick rabbits sold - increased legislation asked of municipalities