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New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

The New Jersey Assembly and Senate have unanimously passed a pet store disclosure bill that will protect animals and consumers. Sponsored by Sen. James W. Holzapfel, R-10 and Assembly members Gregory P. McGuckin, R-10 and David W. Wolfe, R-10, S.1870 will require the state’s pet stores to disclose the source of the puppies they sell and eliminate the sale of puppies acquired from the worst puppy mills in the nation. The bill will now go to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for signing. The New Jersey state director for The Humane Society of the United States, Kathleen Schatzmann, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the New Jersey legislature for passing S.1870 and taking the necessary steps to protect both animals and consumers from the worst of the worst dog breeders. Puppies sold at New Jersey pet stores come from all over the country and many come from breeders with multiple Animal Welfare Act violations. This bill will educate the consumer prior to purchase and allow for New Jersey residents to make an informed decision when considering their next family pet.”


Media Contact: Cheylin Parker, 240-599-6848, cparker@humanesociety.org