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Court Rejects Challenge to Phoenix Anti-Puppy Mill Ordinance

Landmark decision helps homeless dogs

Pet stores in Phoenix, Ariz. are still prohibited from selling puppies produced in inhumane, commercial, dog breeding facilities known as puppy mills. The United States District Court for the District of Arizona rejected a pet store’s federal constitutional challenge to the local 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:

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

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

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

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