City of Phoenix Takes a Stand against Puppy Mills

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 3:15pm
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We are thrilled to share the news that Phoenix—Arizona’s largest city and state capital—has become the latest U.S. city to prohibit the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens in pet stores! Last week the Phoenix City Council passed an ordinance banning pet stores from selling dogs or cats unless the animals come from shelters or rescue groups.

“We are going to, as a city, take a stand and prohibit the sale of puppies that come from puppy mills [and] mass-produced animals,” said City Councilman Tom Simplot. The ordinance, which also bans awarding live animals as prizes, will go into effect in mid-January (30 days from its December 18 passage). Kudos to the Phoenix City Council!

Puppy mills supply most pet stores across the U.S.—truly responsible, reputable breeders do not supply their animals to pet stores for resale. To learn more about the connection between the inhumane puppy mill industry and retail pet shops, please visit

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