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Phoenix Cracks Down on Puppy Mill Outlets

The Humane Society of the United States applauds the City Council for steps to increase adoptions of homeless animals

The Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance yesterday to restrict the retail sale of dogs obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. The move places Phoenix among the more than 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada that have enacted this type of ordinance, designed to increase the placement of homeless pets in permanent homes and decrease the number of animals euthanized in the city’s shelters. The new ordinance will help move the marketplace away from puppy mills, and toward consumers buying directly from responsible breeders and pet stores holding in-store adoptions of animals that come from shelters and rescue groups. Kari Nienstedt, The Humane Society of the United States’ Arizona state director, issued the following statement.

 “We commend the humane leaders of Phoenix, including Councilmembers Tom Simplot and Thelda Williams, for working to crack down on inhumane puppy mills. By shrinking the supply of puppy mill dogs flowing into our market, the ordinance is expected to boost adoptions for homeless animals and increase sales for small, responsible dog breeders.”

Media Contact: Cheylin Parker: 301-258-1505;cparker@humanesociety.org