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Maine Legislature Cracks Down on Sale of Puppy Mill Animals

The Maine state legislature has agreed on final legislation to crack down on the sale of puppies raised in cruel puppy mills and give the state’s pet shops the tools to thrive in a humane economy. LD 335 prohibits any new pet shops from selling animals sourced from inhumane puppy mills. It also codifies the puppy-sourcing policies of the state’s five existing pet stores, all of which have publicly condemned puppy mill cruelty. Katie Hansberry, Maine state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the Maine legislature for enacting real, tangible protections and benefits for puppies, Mainers who are seeking to add a dog or cat to their family, and small businesses who drive our communities. We are hopeful that Governor LePage, who we know loves dogs, will allow this bill to become law and help the mother dogs trapped in cruel puppy mills.”

Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed similar bills into law this year in New Jersey and Virginia, respectively. Connecticut enacted its law in 2014.


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


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