Maryland Could Be the Next State to Ban Puppy Mill Sales

Animal advocates are applauding lawmakers in Maryland for passing legislation that ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores throughout the state.

The Maryland General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill (HB 1662), which was introduced by Delegate Ben Kramer that would ban the retail sale of both cats and dogs, and instead encourages pet stores to work with rescues and shelters instead if they want to offer animals. It also cracks down on pet stores that are working with unlicensed breeders with violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

“The breeding dogs and cats in the mills are kept in horrific conditions. They live their entire lives in cages that only have to be 6 inches longer than their bodies; that is it,” said Kramer. “They are often found with serious infections and disease, and it’s absolutely an abomination.”

Supporters of this type of legislation hope it will help crack down on the notoriously cruel puppy mills operating in the U.S. by closing a huge market for the dogs they produce who are sold in pet stores. Not only will this help save the lives of dogs in need of homes by increasing adoptions and reducing the demand for more from breeders, it will help protect consumers, and relieve taxpayers who are ultimately paying for shelters to house and kill animals.

Thankfully, growing awareness about the problem and it’s scale across the U.S., is bringing positive changes across the country. Dozens of major cities across the nation have taken a stand against puppy mills by passing laws shutting down pet store sales, while California recently became the first to pass a statewide ban.

Maryland’s bill is just one signature from Governor Larry Hogan away from becoming an official law, and supporters are urging him to sign it. If he does, Maryland will be the second in the country to pass statewide legislation related to pet stores sales of animals.

Breaking News: HB 1662 – No More Puppy and Kitten Mills Act of 2018 has passed the Maryland General Assembly.

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Posted by Maryland Votes For Animals, Inc. on Saturday, April 7, 2018

“Governor Hogan has a strong animal welfare record, and we urge him to build on it by signing this life-saving measure,” said Emily Hovermale, Maryland state director of The Humane Society of the United States. “We applaud Maryland lawmakers for approving legislation that moves the Maryland pet market away from cruel puppy mills and their pet store outlets and toward humane sources such as shelters.”

Hopefully Governor Hogan will sign this bill, and the progressive changes being made on a state level will be followed by others.

For more info and updates, check out Maryland Votes for Animals.

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45 comments

Berenice Guedes d

It's about time. This should already be a fact in all world!!

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M s6 days ago

WHY aren't ALL PUPPY MILLS BANNED FROM EXISTENCE in the ENTIRE USA?? puppy mills should NOT EXIST NO EXCEPTIONS! BAN THEM COMPLETELY Its hard to believe anyone with intelligence is in congress

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Angela K
Angela AWAY K6 days ago

Petition already signed & shared

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Diane P
Diane P7 days ago

EVERY STATE NEEDS TO BAN PUPPY MILLS! THEY ARE DENS OF DISEASE, FILTH AND ABUSE! THESE ANIMALS SUFFER GREATLY. I HOPE EVERYONE WILL SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION.

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Winn A
Winn A7 days ago

ANY Puppy Mill ANYWHERE should be shut down Immediately.

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Terri S
Terri S7 days ago

Come on Pa!! Let's be #3!!!

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Mike R
Mike R7 days ago

Would be wonderful. Thanks

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Debbi W
Debbi W8 days ago

Good for them.

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Roslyn M
Roslyn M8 days ago

Big improvement.

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Muff-Anne Y
Muff-Anne Y8 days ago

Let’s do this Maryland.

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