Maryland Becomes 2nd State To Ban The Sale Of Dogs & Cats In Pet Stores; Marks Latest Step Forward In The Fight Against Puppy Mills


Earlier this week, Maryland became the second state to ban puppy and kitten sales in retail pet stores. The law goes into effect in 2020.

Similar to California, the first state to enact such legislation, Maryland will only allow pet shops to adopt out dogs and cats that come from local shelters. In California, the law also applies to rabbits.

According to WBAL News, this was one of numerous new animal welfare bills Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law on Tuesday. Another noteworthy bill he signed prohibits people convicted of crimes against an animal from ever being allowed to have a pet again.

Governor Hogan documented the signing along with some special four-legged friends from the Maryland SPCABARCS Animal Shelter, and the Baltimore Humane Society.

Following the pet-friendly event, the governor posted photos on his Facebook page noting that “An overwhelming majority of Marylanders agree, holding puppies is the best part of any day.”

WAN thinks that an overwhelming amount of people everywhere agree!


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