The state of Oregon is considering a bill that would require pet store dogs come from shelters.
Proponents of the bill hope it would cut down on the existence of puppy mills while simultaneously offer homes to dogs waiting to be adopted from shelters. Any pet store that broke the law would be required to pay a $500 fine.
California was the first state to pass such a law, which goes into effect in 2019.
The Oregon bill is opposed by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. According to council president Mike Bober, buyers have less warranty when purchasing a rescue pup. New pet parents seeking a dog through a pet store are guaranteed a dog from a registered breeder in accordance with federal law dictated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, the full health history of a rescued canine can remain unknown.
States following in California's footsteps would advocate that the humane treatment of dogs far exceeds the slap of a guarantee when buying from a pet store, and even puppy mills can slip through the cracks as legal breeders. Potential pet owners would still have the option to obtain a dog directly through a private breeder.
The bill might also extend to protect other animals, like cats and rabbits.
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