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 Gallery: Some of the dogs currently for sale at Roseville Pet Store in the HarMar Mall.
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Retail pet store sales bans are welcome trend that is putting the squeeze on commercial breeding operations. Here is a list of the jurisdictions in the United States and Canada which have passed such legislation.
The  has decided not to pursue a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens from local pet stores.
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Animal-rights advocates have criticized the commercial sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, saying that it’s bad for the animals’ health and it contributes to puppy mill-like practices. Additionally, it can create consumer-rights issues, due to higher veterinarian costs associated with such store-bought pets, they say. Gallery: Nate Vo and Mari Gavino held some of the dogs for sale at Roseville Pet Store in the HarMar Mall.
Photo provided by FlickrA Minnesota city recently became the first in the state to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.
Photo provided by FlickrAdditionally, pets sold at the Santa Maria store generate sales tax for the city, one representative said.
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The source of animals available for sale in pet stores is also of grave concern. The Humane Society of the United States (“HSUS”) is concerned that puppies and dogs sold at retail pet stores actually come from puppy mills rather than reputable breeders. Puppy mills are dog breeding operations that aim to maximize profits at the expense of animal welfare. There are many problems with puppy mills, including overcrowding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, and the killing of unwanted animals. Restrictions on pet stores, they said, only boost black-market sales of desirable breeds, especially through questionable transactions on websites such as Craigslist.It is clear that there are many gaps in the protection of animals living in retail pet stores. If consumers are truly concerned about the welfare of animals in the current retail system, they must demand either a cease in the sale of pets at retail stores or a boycott in those stores that exhibit cruel and unhealthy practices. Further, inhumane conditions in pet stores will never be addressed unless concerned customers are willing to report such conditions to local animal control officers. The bottom line is that animals are seen as commodities in the retail pet industry. When profits are at stake, it will always be hard to assure animals are given the care they deserve.It is clear that there are many gaps in the protection of animals living in retail pet stores. If consumers are truly concerned about the welfare of animals in the current retail system, they must demand either a cease in the sale of pets at retail stores or a boycott in those stores that exhibit cruel and unhealthy practices. Further, inhumane conditions in pet stores will never be addressed unless concerned customers are willing to report such conditions to local animal control officers. The bottom line is that animals are seen as commodities in the retail pet industry. When profits are at stake, it will always be hard to assure animals are given the care they deserve.The source of animals available for sale in pet stores is also of grave concern. The Humane Society of the United States (“HSUS”) is concerned that puppies and dogs sold at retail pet stores actually come from puppy mills rather than reputable breeders. Puppy mills are dog breeding operations that aim to maximize profits at the expense of animal welfare. There are many problems with puppy mills, including overcrowding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, and the killing of unwanted animals. The City of Boston joins nationwide that have passed similar laws restricting the retail sale of pets. Most puppies sold in pet stores come from , where dogs are generally kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. Puppies born in mills are prone to illnesses that can be life-threatening and expensive to treat, and the unwitting consumers who purchase them are often left heartbroken.