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Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Sunrise Puppy Sales Ordinance

Third federal court decision upholding a local anti-puppy mill ordinance

Pet stores in Sunrise, Florida, are still not allowed to sell puppies produced in inhumane, dog breeding facilities known as puppy mills. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed a pet store’s federal constitutional challenge to the local sales ordinance. Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel of animal protection litigation for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

"More than 70 localities across the country have passed these types of ordinances, and now three federal courts have determined that the laws are constitutional. Not only does this type of regulation crack down on the puppy mill industry, but it also reduces local pet overpopulation by driving the market towards adoption of homeless animals and purchases from only responsible breeders.”

Federal courts in Illinois and Rhode Island upheld similar ordinances earlier this year.

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


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