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New Jersey Senate moves to regulate inhumane puppy mill sales

The New Jersey Senate has passed S.63, which will protect New Jersey consumers by prohibiting the sale of puppies from the worst puppy mills, by a 27 – 8 vote.  Sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak, the bill would require New Jersey pet dealers to be licensed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and free of certain Animal Welfare Act violations to sell dogs to New Jersey consumers.

The bill also prohibits any pet dealer who violates these provisions three times from selling in the state. Additionally, any new pet stores would be prohibited from selling puppy mill puppies under the proposed law. Brian Hackett, New Jersey state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“S.63 addresses a number of the primary means through which puppy mills sell to unsuspecting consumers. New Jersey’s lawmakers are standing up against animal cruelty by regulating puppy mill sales and we urge the Assembly to pass this bill. Its passage in the Senate gets us one step closer to the day when dogs and consumers will be protected from the cruelty of puppy mills.”

More than 160 cities and towns across the country, including 57 in New Jersey, have passed pet store ordinances banning the sale of puppies in pet stores. Several states have also passed pet store regulations. S.63 would be the first law to extend regulation beyond pet stores.

The HSUS urges anyone looking to add a pet to their family to consider adoption first, and if that is not an option, to seek out a responsible breeder who will gladly show a potential purchaser where and how the puppies were raised and how the mother of the puppy will continue to live after the sale. The HSUS publishes a Puppy Buyer’s Guide for consumers


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


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