Boston Saves Thousands of Puppies With Groundbreaking Law

On March 2nd, Boston, MA, made history when the city council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of puppies in pet stores citywide.

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The new ordinance, which also prohibits the sale of kittens and rabbits in stores, parking lots, and outdoor markets, simultaneously tackles puppy mills and backyard breeders while promoting adoption and rescue.

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills where dogs are kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Puppies born in mills are often prone to life-threatening and terminal illness.

Each year, organizations like the Humane Society spend thousands of hours pulling sick and scared dogs out of puppy mills across the nation.

While rescues like HSUS doing wonderful work, they can’t fight this crime alone. Now, thanks to Boston, they won’t have to.

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The city of Boston joins more than 100 other districts nationwide that have passed similar laws restricting the retail sale of pets.

While this is a big step for Boston, puppies in mills still need your help. Learn more about puppy mills from the Humane Society of the United States website.