As an alternative, the bill encourages pet shops to work with local shelters and rescue organizations in order to adopt out cats and dogs who need a loving home. In addition to passing this important piece of legislation, WBAL News reported that Governor Hogan also signed a bill which forbids those convicted of crimes against an animal from ever having a pet. These are huge steps in the fight to end animal cruelty and inhumane puppy mills, which subject dogs to deplorable conditions and put their own profits over the health of these innocent animals.
It is estimated that there are around 10,000 puppy mills (both licensed and unlicensed) currently in operation in the United States. Since nearly all puppies sold in pet shops originate from puppy mills, the best way to shut down these facilities is to make the sale of mill animals in retail pet stores illegal. As Montgomery County Delegate Benjamin Kramer put it, “Sadly, those stores that still sell puppies and kittens are keeping the puppy mill industry alive, and the puppy mill industry is grotesque and barbaric.”