New Jersey has just approved a bill that is a big step towards ending puppy mills.
The state senate approved a bill in the first week of July that would would require all pet stores licensed after January 12, 2016 to only sell cats and dogs brought in from shelters.
Senator Raymond Lesniak, who introduced the bill, said, “These puppy mills have gained a notorious reputation for putting profits ahead. Their mass breeding has created inbred health and behavioral problems and the inhumane conditions have left too many of these pets to suffer from neglect and mistreatment.”
He introduced the bill in the wake of troubling pet store shut downs in the state after the New Jersey SPCA found the puppies were sick and kept in substandard conditions. One store in East Brunswick is facing 267 animal cruelty charges.
The bill, a revision of the New Jersey Pet Protection Act, passed by a vote of 27-8. The bill will now head to the Assembly where it will be debated.
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