Toronto Bans Pet Stores From Selling Puppy Mill Cats and Dogs


Toronto cracked down on puppy mills this week by voting to ban pet stores from selling puppies and kittens from commercial breeding facilities.

Under the new law, retailers will only be allowed to sell cats and dogs that come from shelters, rescue groups or that were donated. Two currently approved sources are Toronto’s Animal Control Services and the Toronto Humane Society.

Toronto is the second major municipality in Canada to ban the sale of animals from puppy and cat mills. On Thursday, the City Council voted unanimously to pass the measure.

The new regulations come on the heels of the rescue of 527 dogs from a puppy mill in Quebec, in the largest animal cruelty case in the province’s history. Quebec is known as the puppy mill capital of North America.

Council member Glenn De Baeremaker, who introduced the Toronto ban said, “…from coast to coast, we’re going to protect dogs across this country. For all intents and purposes we’ve shut the taps to the puppy mills at retail locations in Toronto.”

“The goal of this motion is to stop animal cruelty,” De Baeremaker continued. “It really slams the door closed on people who mass produce animals for profit.”

De Baeremaker also pointed out how the ban will cut down on the number of pets euthanized at Toronto Animal Services. There will be fewer animals coming into the shelter system and more homeless cats and dogs being adopted at pet shops.

The new regulations will have an impact on licensed dog breeders who will be prohibited from selling kittens and puppies to pet shops. The breeders will be able to sell animals from their own facilities.

Many pet shops in Toronto have voluntarily stopped selling animals from puppy mills. In August, the national chain of PJ’s Pets announced it would no longer sell puppies and instead focus on supporting pet adoptions.

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William C
William C8 months ago

Thanks for caring.

W. C
W. C9 months ago

Thank you for the information.

Valentina R.
Valentina R3 years ago

Puppy mills need to be BANNED.

Carol P.
Carol P3 years ago

Wish this thinking were more widespread.

Prima B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

This is excellent news.I had heard about this but not on Care2. This artcle is from September 2011. I hope they followed though. There many many dogs and cats in Canada alone that need homes.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

I live in Toronto and i cannot express how delighted i was when this aired for the 1st time. It's about time. In toronto we take in many of these rescued dogs from these horrible Mills in Qubece every year. My hope is that other cities follow suit. Help these poor dogs. Thanks.

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

The prime concern is if all are given a proper home instead of just going stray

Manel Dias
Manel Dias5 years ago

Good for you people in Toronto. Very encouraging & very satisfying to learn such good news.
Now this must be done in all the rest of Canada wide pet stores which they sell these so helpless so vulnerable & totally innocent puppies & the dogs/cats etc. Using such meaningful methods will eventually will see the results, & be able to control this epidemic of Mass productions of such innocent animals. The production of mass breeding grounds of Puppy mills means MASSIVE NUMBERS OF DOGS/CATS ARE BEING EUTHANIZED ON DAILY BASIS? Good Lord where are these peoples Brains. Wake up Canada! Follow the same path as this Toronto followed. Live a life to be proud of. Not to gain a dollar from selling a puppy to another human & to depend on in such a way. That must be a very low life to lead, to say the least. BRAVO TORONTO.!

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

We need more news as this

Rosemary Lowe

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Toronto Bans Pet Stores From Selling Puppy Mill Cats and Dogs

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September 24, 2011
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