A federal court has upheld a measure banning pet stores in Phoenix from selling puppies produced in inhumane, commercial, dog breeding facilities known as puppy mills.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected a pet store’s federal constitutional challenge to the local ordinance.
Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel of animal protection litigation for The Humane Society of the United States, responded, “Not only does this type of regulation crack down on the puppy mill industry, but it also reduces local pet overpopulation and euthanasia rates in shelters by driving the market toward the adoption of homeless animals and purchases from only responsible breeders.”
According to the organization, more than 70 localities across the country have enacted similar ordinances.
Four federal courts have determined that the laws are constitutional. Those courts are in Florida, Illinois and Rhode Island.
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