Maine May Be Next State to Limit Pet Store Sales
Maine could prohibit pet shops from selling dogs and cats under a proposed bill.
Democratic Sen. Ben Chipman’s bill would establish a fine of $500 per violation and pet shops could also face license suspension or revocation.
California and Maryland have passed similar bills in hopes of helping cats and dogs in shelters waiting for homes, and at the same time limit where puppy mills can sell dogs.
The Maine Veterinary Medical Association didn’t take a position on the bill but said it’s easier to regulate businesses than individual breeders.
According to an Associated Press story, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council says only breeders provide puppies to Maine stores. That’s an interesting position since they (and the American Kennel Club – who also opposes the Maine proposal) have been saying for decades that responsible breeders Never sell to pet stores. So which is it?