By Bob Katzen
This bill would allow new pet shops to sell only dogs and cats from shelters or rescue organizations and prohibit them from selling these animals from breeding facilities. Current pet shops would be exempt from the new law.
“Typically, pet shops obtain animals from substandard breeding facilities, which results in consumers unknowingly purchasing sick or genetically compromised pets,” said House sponsor Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster). “Puppy mills are not permitted in Massachusetts, and this legislation would not only protect our pets, but also our families from costly veterinary bills.”