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Olympia, WA Bans Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores


Led by council member Dr Lisa Parshley, of Olympia Veterinary Specialists: Cancer Treatment Center, existing pet stores selling dogs and cat in Olympia, WA have until September 15 to stop that practice, as the Olympia City Council voted unanimously. This is a HUGE victory because inexplicably state veterinary associations have sometimes opposed these bans.

The bans are spreading across the country because animal lovers are simply tired of supporting puppy mills and commercial facilities that sell to pet stores.

Never will a responsible breeder ever sell to a pet store.

Clearly, most individual veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses who devote their lives to helping animals don’t agree with their association representation when they oppose such common sense and overdo legislation only otherwise backed by the American Kennel Club and the pet store industry.  They are tired of treating puppy mill dogs sold at pet stores, and are aware that life is even worse for the parents who produced these offspring. At least the puppies are lucky enough to make it out of the mills. With two veterinarians, Dr.Scott Rover and Dr. Jane Lohmar, and also Cari Myers of the Puppy Mill Project), I created Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills. (please like the Facebook page of this non-profit)

Parshley, a veterinarian – and an internal medicine specialist with a special interest in cancer and PhD – clearly an accomplished individual, led the charge in Olympia. This is additional proof positive regarding how veterinarians themselves are starting to take acton.

There’s no question regarding momentum, as Naperville and Rock Island, both in Illinois recently passed similar ordinances as did Pittsfield, MA. Hundreds of cities have already banned the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as the entire states of California, Maryland and Maine with Illinois (and other states) to follow.

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