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.


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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Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thank you

Nicole H
Nicole Heindryckx8 months ago

@ Liz Bryman : I must admit it's very hard to believe this, because of various reasons. Shelters and rescue organizations ?? When you want to adopt a dog, it will certainly strike you when they have 1 or 2 full litters of puppies. Shelters and rescue organizations COMPLAIN constantly of needing more place. They now have to put 2, sometimes 3 small dogs in the same cage. How will they secure enough place to put 1 or 2 litters ?? When they buy these puppies at an auction, they will still pay a serious price, being highly demanded breeds and being puppies. So, how will they recuperate this money. Someone who is willing to adopt a dog, first of all does it to save a dog's life, but many also do it because the price is far below the price of the same dog in a pet shop. Puppy mill dogs are sold at an average of abt 50 % of a puppy, bred by a specialist from good parents, they rarely are under $ 1,000 even at an auction. So the shelter has to ask at least the double. Some people also adopt a dog because they only cost a couple of hundred $$. In shelters - at least in Belgium - you pay for the stay of the dog for a certain period of time, together with vet expenses and for chipping the dog. Therefore, puppies from a puppy mill will be too costly !!!

Nicole H
Nicole Heindryckx8 months ago

Puppy mills are a worldwide disease. Only men's greed is responsible for this. For brainless people, not knowing what empathy and compassion mean. Who are not interested in the wellbeing of their dogs/puppies. They only care about their bank account. This problem should be tackled by a WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION, and all laws, regulations should be the same in each and every country. We can not play around with such a huge problem. As long as ALL countries / states , etc.. are not applying the same laws and have the perpetrators punished in the same way, this cancer will never disappear. Some countries have less puppy mills than others. This is because of the laws we apply, and has also to do with poverty of the population which many of us do forget. Of course the big poverty in some countries do NOT justify animal cruelty!! Certainly NOT !!
As long as we do not have the same laws / regulations over the WHOLE WORLD and of course the necessary people and means to control borders and trucks, even at ordinary highway restaurants and tank stations etc.. I fear that we will never get rid of this filthy INDUSTRY. I very much appreciate the result obtained in Maryland, but it is only a small drop in the ocean.
And a lot of people need to be better informed about this cruel animal abuse. When talking to many people about this phenomenon, there are still a lot who don't know anything about it, and of course buy the cheapest puppies. There is stil

Berenice Guedes d
Berenice Guedes9 months ago

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

M s
M s9 months 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

Angela K
Angela K9 months ago

Petition already signed & shared

Diane P
Diane P9 months ago


Winn A
Winn A9 months ago

ANY Puppy Mill ANYWHERE should be shut down Immediately.

Terri S
Terri S9 months ago

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

Mike R
Mike R9 months ago

Would be wonderful. Thanks