Minnesota City Makes it Illegal to Sell Dogs, Cats in Pet Stores

Last year, around 400 cats were adopted at Pet Supplies Plus stores around the country.
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My cats found this shopping adventure agreeable, sort of a suburban domestic feline version of wandering the African savannah in search of prey, albeit prepackaged fully prepared prey. And that’s how our visit proceeded, with me escorting two leashed pedigreed felines, neither weighing more than seven pounds, one toting a cat-shaped doggy chew toy and the other dragging a huge pork snout, down the aisles of the pet store.
She said many pet stores have gotten their dogs and cats from pet mills for years.
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Some independent pet stores may still sell kittens, where you're likely to pay a steep price for popular breeds or mixed breed cats. Those playful kittens in the pet store window are certainly appealing, but they could have come from a "kitten mill," a cat breeder whose focus is quantity, not quality. They are often raised in awful conditions and have congenital health problems or behavior issues that cost even more in money and frustration over time. The same pet store may also fill its cages with puppy mill puppies, supporting an inhumane industry. Our centers are in nearly every PetSmart® store. Many centers have both dogs and cats available. Please call ahead to confirm.
Photo provided by FlickrRoseville became the first city in the state Monday to ban the commercial sale of dogs and cats at pet stores.
Photo provided by FlickrSurveillance cameras at a Mount Healthy pet store caught a man dumping four cats outside the shop Wednesday morning.
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Sam’s Cats and Dogs, Naturally strives to be the premier presence of pet information and products in the Sky Valley and beyond. Our goal with every pet guardian that shops at our store is that they have a better relationship with their pet because of our support and service. If it doesn’t keep your pet happy and healthy, we won’t sell it! No matter how "reputable" you think your local pet store is, they are almost surely getting their kittens from a "backyard" kitten breeder. The majority of purebred kittens are the product of irresponsible "backyard" kitten breeders. These are people who make some easy cash by breeding their purebred cats and they often also sell kittens through the newspaper classified ads. Remember that most of these backyard kitten breeders don't know about breeding for favorable health and temperament qualities, and they don't know how to raise a properly socialized litter. Many of these little kittens are weaned from their mothers way too soon. Sometimes, a backyard kitten breeder turns into small-time kitten mill to increase their supply so you can buy a kitten from a pet store and they can make a higher profit. How can you stop kitten mills? There is only one way. Take away their profits. Remember before you buy a kitten, keep in mind adoption is the most humane option!If the current bill in Sacramento becomes law, these operations would no longer be allowed to sell to pet stores in California. Instead, storefronts would need to get their dogs, cats and rabbits only from shelters, adoption centers or animal-control agencies.The first ban against pet stores selling commercially bred dogs and cats was in enacted in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2006. It wasn’t until several years later that more cities adopted similar ordinances.