A new bill (HB 4045), which was recently introduced by Representative David Gomberg and co-sponsored by David Brock Smith, would ban pet stores in the state from selling dogs, unless they were obtained from a shelter or rescue group, in addition to requiring stores to provide clear information about where their dogs came from. Anyone found selling, or trying to sell, dogs from other sources could be fined up to $500. In the last couple of years, more than 40 localities across the country have enacted ordinances to ban the sale of mill bred dogs and cats in retail pet stores. These ordinances are extremely popular with local advocates across the country, and rightly so. We anticipate that these ordinances will continue to increase in the foreseeable future.
Properly worded ordinances send a strong message that a given community does not support puppy & kitty mill cruelty.
They protect consumers who may unwittingly purchase sometimes sick or genetically compromised puppy & kitty mill animals from pet stores.
They promote the acquisition of shelter/rescue pets instead of commercially bred dogs & cats causing increased shelter animal placement, decreased euthanasia, and a resulting fiscal benefit to the locality. Nationally, they pressure the commercial pet industry to clean up its act.
Poor animal care standards among breeders/suppliers is causing them to lose major markets like Los Angeles and Chicago, leaving them to choose between ceding those markets forever or demonstrably and dramatically improving the living conditions for their dogs and cats.
"It's good for these dogs that are languishing in shelters," said Rep. Gombert. "And it's good public policy. Most of these shelters, whether they are run by governments or run by nonprofits, are costing money."
Please sign and show your support for passing a law banning the sale of puppy and kitten mill animals in pet stores here in Oregon. Help us lead the way.