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Maine Anti-Puppy Mill Bill Dies in Legislature After Governor’s Veto

State legislature decides not to override Gov. LePage’s veto of LD 335

The Maine legislature has decided to not override Gov. LePage’s veto of LD 335, which would have prohibited any new pet shops from selling animals sourced from inhumane puppy mills. It also would have codified 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 our legislators for taking the first steps in enacting LD 335, which would have granted greater protections for Maine’s animals, the small businesses that help our state thrive and the families seeking pets to welcome into their home. However, we are disappointed that legislature was unable to override Gov. LePage’s veto. Passing this bill would have made Maine the fourth state in the nation to restrict where pet stores acquire their animals.”  


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


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