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jurisdictions in the world—in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland—have passed bans or strong restrictions on retail sales of puppies, kittens and sometimes rabbits, ferrets, pot-bellied pigs and other animals.

ordinances in 2016
095 ordinances in 2017 & '18 combined
ordinances in 2019

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…#325: Medford Lakes, NJ… …#324: Vernon Hills, IL… …#323: Athens, Alabama: 2nd in the state… …#322: Indian Harbour Beach, FL—includes, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, ducks and chickens… …#321: Fulton County, GA… …#316-19: FIRST COUNTRYWIDE BAN IN UK COMPRISED OF 4 COUNTRIES: ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND [Mandated in 2019, effective in 2020]…

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BansMap of Bans

Throughout the world, jurisdictions [US: , Canada: , AUS: , UK: ] have passed a ban on the sales of puppies, kittens and sometimes rabbits, ferrets, pigs and other animals in retail stores unless procured from accredited shelters or rescues, also known as "adopt-only" ordinances, including the entire states of California and Maryland in the US; Victoria, Australia, and the four countries of the UK.

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PMFUS counts all New Jersey counties which include bans in their resolutions of support, though they lack authority over businesses locally. Without the , the ban count is .

assignment Resolution 2015-550, Mercer County, New Jersey Minutes, page 71 ⇾
Restrictions on the Sale of Animals
1A. A pet shop may only offer for sale those dogs and cats that the pet shop has obtained from or displays in cooperation with:
a). An animal care facility; or
b). An animal rescue organization
"[The ordinance] discourages and, in fact, prevents the sale of animals brought to our community under the most horrific circumstances that no community should ever condone."

—Jeff Nash, Camden County, New Jersey, Board Member, 9/2015. ondemand_videoVideo…. ⇾

A Note About Miami

Miami flagMiami passed an ordinance on 7/27/17 that limits the sourcing of dogs and cats in retail stores, but allows for local backyard breeders to provide "products" to retail stores. This regulation is similar to one of the earliest strong restrictions tallied, in Sunrise County, Florida.

Since we know that breed-club breeders [e.g., Labrador Breeders of America] are under licensing restrictions to not sell to pet stores, which most of them wouldn’t do anyway, backyard breeders will be allowed to provide stores with pets: a puppy and kitten glut could ensue, stores might increase and a local pet mill problem could proliferate.

We, therefore, have relegated this close-but-no-cigar ordinance to a strong restriction rather than a full ban.

Prohibitions of Bans

We include the 2 Arizona and the 2 Ohio jurisdictions because our count is of bans that have passed, including those nullified by legislative (state) act. See Prohibitions and Reversals ↓for details.

Pile of poop frowning emoji Phoenix ban passed 12/2013;
Tempe ban passed 02/2016;

... Before the state legislature prohibited puppy store bans.

Likewise Ohio:

Toledo, 12/2013;
Grove City, 03/2016.

Quicklink: Details and jurisdiction information. ↓ Paw Prints emoji

Strong RestrictionsStrong Restrictions.

Strong restrictions include ordinances that require pet stores to post breeder information on the cages of pets for sale and do not allow pets from mills that have had a USDA inspection violation in the past 2-5 years, variously. These are next to impossible to enforce, allow for business as usual and are dependent on consumers and watch dog organizations to report violations.

On the upside, when strong restrictions are proven to be repeatedly violated, it leaves a governing council or legislature no choice but to implement a total ban.

If the jurisdictions with strong restrictions [US: , Canada: ] that are causing puppy stores to close or change to humane are included, the number of international jurisdictions with pet sales bans or strong restrictions is .

Bans With Stores Active Puppy StoresActive Puppy Stores

Heart with stars emoji Jurisdictions cite the reasons for the ordinance as humanitarian/compassionate in nature since animals in puppy and kitten stores are virtually all sourced from large scale breeding operations, a.k.a. "puppy mills." Also frequently cited are issues of fraud as animals sold as pure-bred are sometimes not and animals born from sickly animals in pet mills can cost consumers in veterinarian and training bills. As costs rise, animals are all too frequently turned over to local, tax payer-funded shelters or sold online.

By our count, at least bans have passed injurisdictions that had at least one operating store in them, including the state of California, the majority of which are effective immediately. Some have limited grandfathering, usually 6 months. Noted on our my_locationGoogle Interactive Map with a red puppy head icon for cities and red location marker for counties.

Rabbit Sales BansRabbit Sales Bans

jurisdictions name rabbits in their bans of retail sales including the state of California. Rabbits are often sourced from the same kind of reprehensible conditions as puppy and kitten mills, where profits are of greater concern than the animals' well-being. This is why the term pet mills has come about. Rabbit face emoji

Other Animal Sales BansPot-Bellied Pig BansFerret Sales Bans

jurisdictions name other animals in their retail sales bans including ferret sales bans, long-lived birds, large reptiles and pot-belled pig bans.

Activists and elected officials argue that most animals found in stores are produced by the same pet mill animal suffering paradigm as puppy mills. pig face emoji Monkey face emoji Mouse face emoji hamster face emoji Snake emoji Turtle emoji

LawsuitsFailed Lawsuits

Against Jurisdictions

To date, : (11 federal and 2 local) court lawsuits against jurisdictions have failed (including 4 appeals and 2 withdrawals) andall bans have been upheld.The lawsuits were brought by store owners and large-scale breeder support organizations. Details….

Against Puppy Stores

known lawsuits are currently being brought against puppy stores and national chains selling puppies, kittens and other animals sourced from pet mills. Details…. ↓ Thumbs up emoji

Against Activists

At least 1 lawsuit brought by store owners against activists has failed, not including the judge's dismissal of charges in San Diego brought by multiple stores-owner David Salinas against activists, non-profits and individual city council members. See Chicago pet store owners' defamation lawsuit tossed vs puppy mill activist; judge says 'no malice'

09/23/17: Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty. Humane Society of the United States

11/16/16: Petland sues Sarasota Co. over controversial 'puppy mill' ordinance .

1/23/17: "The injunction was denied by the court therefore after this Friday (the 27th of January) Petland Sarasota MUST obey the new law and STOP all sales of cats and dogs." —FB post.

6/19/17: "The Appeal Court denied Petland's injunction. This means the court has officially established that Petland should abide by the law that passed last year and came into affect in January of this year. They can not file to appeal this issue again." —FB post.

Ban Prohibitions and ReversalsState ProhibitionsLocal officials reversed ban

state laws prohibit local bans.State Prohibitions of Local Bans.

In May 2016, the Arizona legislature enacted a law prohibiting local communities from ending animal suffering by passing retail store restriction and ban ordinances, nullifying the 2 local bans that had been passed in Phoenix (12/13) and Tempe (02/16).

In December 2016, Ohio followed suit, nullifying two local bans in Toledo (12/13) and Grove City (03/16).Thumbs down emoji

Both state laws created statewide strong restrictions on all stores, though those measures are ineffective. See the Strong Restrictions summary ↑for details.

We list bans that were passed, sowe have not changed the number of bansand include the 4 bans passed in Arizona and Ohio.

NB: We have, however, removed from our count the Las Vegas ban passed in January 2016. The city council REVERSED their ban in November 2017. So far, only jurisdiction has made this mistake, noted on our Interactive Google Map ↑ with a black puppy head icon Local officials reversed ban

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  • statesStatewide Bans in 2 countries
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    counties County Bans
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US flag US states passed local bansCity Ban
statewide bans Statewide Bans.
also passed strong restrictionsStrong restrictions.

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  1. Alabama []City bansjurisdictions +
    1. Huntsville12/18
    2. Athens01/19
  2. Arizona []State ProhibitionsStrong restrictions.jurisdictions +
    Bans nullified by state law.
    1. Phoenix12/13
    2. Tempe02/16
    We count both these cities for passing bans.
    More info  Summaries ↑.
  3. California []Statewide Bansjurisdictions +
    STATEWIDE BAN, 10.13.17 Statewide Bans
    1. South Lake Tahoe04/09
    2. West Hollywood02/10
    3. Hermosa Beach03/10
    4. Turlock05/10
    5. Glendale08/11
    6. Irvine10/11
    7. Dana Point01/12
    8. Chula Vista03/12
    9. Laguna Beach05/12
    10. Aliso Viejo05/12
    11. Huntington Beach06/12
    12. Los Angeles10/12
    13. Burbank02/13
    14. Rancho Mirage02/13
    15. San Diego07/13
    16. Ventura County12/13
    17. Chino Hills10/14
    18. Oceanside01/15
    19. Long Beach03/15
    20. Garden Grove04/15
    21. Encinitas06/15
    22. Beverly Hills07/15
    23. Vista09/15
    24. Palm Springs09/15
    25. San Marcos01/16
    26. Cathedral City01/16
    27. Truckee02/16
    28. La Quinta03/16
    29. Indio04/16
    30. Carlsbad05/16
    31. Colton06/16
    32. Solana Beach06/16
    33. San Francisco02/17
    34. Sacramento05/17
    35. South Pasadena05/17
    36. Del Mar06/17
    37. STATEWIDE BAN10/17
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  4. Colorado []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Fountain05/11
  5. Florida []City BanStrong restrictions.jurisdictions +
    1. Lake Worth02/11
    2. North Bay Village05/11
    3. Flagler Beach11/11
    4. Coral Gables11/11
    5. Opa-Locka11/11
    6. Hallandale Beach04/12
    7. Margate10/13
    8. Pinecrest10/13
    9. Palmetto Bay12/13
    10. Coconut Creek01/14
    11. Wellington01/14
    12. Surfside02/14
    13. Aventura03/14
    14. Wilton Manors03/14
    15. Greenacres04/14
    16. North Lauderdale04/14
    17. Bay Harbor Islands04/14
    18. Pompano Beach05/14
    19. Bal Harbour Village05/14
    20. Sunny Isles Beach05/14
    21. Miami Beach05/14
    22. North Miami Beach05/14
    23. Dania Beach06/14
    24. Palm Beach Gardens07/14
    25. Juno Beach08/14
    26. Cutler Bay08/14
    27. North Palm Beach08/14
    28. Hypoluxo09/14
    29. Jupiter10/14
    30. Homestead10/14
    31. Tamarac12/14
    32. Palm Beach01/15
    33. North Miami04/15
    34. Lauderhill04/15
    35. Fernandina Beach07/15
    36. Jacksonville Beach08/15
    37. Deerfield Beach11/15
    38. West Melbourne11/15
    39. Casselberry11/15
    40. Neptune Beach01/16
    41. Sarasota County01/16
    42. Delray Beach03/16
    43. South Miami01/16
    44. Hollywood06/16
    45. Saint Petersburg07/16
    46. Key West08/16
    47. Miramar08/16
    48. Palm Beach County09/16
      ↑Affects 39 cities. 8 stores grandfathered under strong restrictions
    49. Safety Harbor11/16
    50. Holmes Beach03/17
    51. Hillsborough County05/173 stores grandfathered in
    52. Fort Lauderdale06/17
    53. DeSoto County 07/17
    54. Oakland Park12/17
    55. Seminole County02/18
    56. Atlantic Beach02/18
    57. Lake County05/18
    58. Sanford07/18
    59. Dunedin07/18
    60. Royal Palm Beach09/18
    61. Mount Dora01/19
    62. Indian Harbour Bch01/19

    Why don't we count Miami? See  Summaries ↑. close x
  6. Georgia []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Canton03/17
    2. Holly Springs05/17
    3. Waleska05/17
    4. Woodstock06/17
    5. Senoia11/17
    6. Sandy Springs11/17
    7. Ball Ground01/18
    8. Centerville01/18
    9. Atlanta11/18
    10. Fulton County01/19
  7. Illinois []City BanStrong restrictions.jurisdictions +
    1. Waukegan06/12
    2. Chicago03/14
    3. Cook County05/15
    4. Warrenville01/16
    5. Crest Hill10/17
    6. Kankakee County05/18
    7. Vernon Hills02/19
  8. Iowa []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Fraser10/17
    2. Stuart01/18
    3. Boone03/18
  9. Maine []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Portland09/16
    2. Bar Harbor12/16
  10. Maryland []Statewide Bansjurisdictions +
    STATEWIDE BAN, 04.24.18 | 01/01/2020 Statewide Bans
    1. Montgomery County02/15
    2. STATEWIDE BAN04/18
  11. Massachusetts []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Boston03/16
    2. Stoneham05/17
    3. Cambridge08/17
  12. Michigan []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Memphis06/15
    2. Eastpointe09/15
    3. Fraser12/15
  13. Minnesota []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Roseville03/17
    2. Eden Prairie05/18
    3. St. Paul12/18
  14. Nevada []City Banjurisdictions +
    0.0Las Vegas01/16 ⇽reversed 11/17
    1. North Las Vegas11/16
    2. Mesquite05/16
  15. New Jersey []City BanStrong Restrictionsjurisdictions +
    1. Point Pleasant05/12
    2. Brick02/16
    3. Manasquan09/12
    4. Point Pleasant Beach10/12
    5. Hoboken08/13
    6. Oceanport08/13
    7. North Brunswick10/13
    8. Randolph09/14
    9. Camden County09/15
    10. Audubon10/15
    11. Voorhees Township10/15
    12. Brooklawn10/15
    13. Cherry Hill10/15
    14. Waterford10/15
    15. Merchantville11/15
    16. Laurel Springs12/15
    17. Oaklyn12/15
    18. Somerdale11/15
    19. Haddon Heights12/15
    20. Westville11/15
    21. Mercer County11/15
    22. Deptford12/15
    23. Runnemede12/15
    24. Magnolia12/15
    25. Gloucester Township12/15
    26. Glassboro12/15
    27. Monmouth County01/16
    28. Ocean County02/16
    29. Bellmawr01/16
    30. Berlin Township02/16
    31. Clementon03/16
    32. Middlesex County03/16
    33. Pine Hill03/16
    34. Winslow Township03/16
    35. Haddon Township03/16
    36. Jackson03/16
    37. Collingswood04/16
    38. Audubon Park04/16
    39. Mount Ephraim04/16
    40. Barrington04/16
    41. Berlin Borough04/16
    42. East Brunswick04/16
    43. Gloucester City04/16
    44. Chesilhurst05/16
    45. Greenwich Township05/16
    46. Passaic County05/16
    47. West Deptford05/16
    48. Pennsauken05/16
    49. Mantua05/16
    50. Gibbsboro06/16
    51. Beverly06/16
    52. Little Ferry06/16
    53. Hi-Nella06/16
    54. Bergen County06/16
    55. Wyckoff06/16
    56. Lindenwold06/16
    57. Bordentown06/16
    58. Hackensack06/16
    59. Mount Holly07/16
    60. Camden07/16
    61. Pitman07/16
    62. Maywood07/16
    63. East Rutherford07/16
    64. Union City07/16
    65. Clayton07/16
    66. Burlington County07/16
    67. Glen Rock07/16
    68. Woodcliff Lake08/16
    69. Saddle Brook08/16
    70. Woodlynne08/16
    71. Washington Twnshp08/16 ⇽Council override of mayoral veto
    72. Morris County08/16
    73. Upper Saddle River09/16
    74. Eatontown09/16
    75. Swedesboro09/16
    76. Hamilton09/16
    77. Fairview09/16
    78. Tavistock Country Club09/16
    79. Fanwood09/16
    80. Ridgefield09/16
    81. Wallington09/16
    82. New Milford09/16
    83. Ridgewood10/16
    84. Edgewater10/16
    85. Woodbury Heights10/16
    86. Marlboro10/16
    87. Fair Lawn10/16
    88. Pine Valley10/16
    89. Ocean Township10/16
    90. North Arlington11/16
    91. Watchung11/16
    92. Frenchtown12/16
    93. Palisades Park12/16
    94. Union Beach01/17
    95. Cliffside Park02/17
    96. Statford02/17
    97. Burlington02/17
    98. Bradley Beach02/17
    99. Haddonfield02/17
    100. Bound Brook03/17
    101. Livingston03/17
    102. Franklin03/17
    103. Manalapan04/17
    104. Scotch Plains04/17
    105. Lodi04/17
    106. Secaucus04/17
    107. East Newark04/17
    108. Roselle Park05/17
    109. Harrison05/17
    110. Brielle05/17
    111. Matawan06/17
    112. Caldwell06/17
    113. Maple Shade06/17
    114. N. Plainfield06/17
    115. Asbury Park06/17
    116. Leonia07/17
    117. Hopewell Township07/17
    118. Springfield09/17
    119. Nutley10/17
    120. Cranford10/17
    121. Moorestown10/17
    122. Rahway11/17
    123. Lawrence02/18
    124. Holmdel02/18
    125. Barnegat02/18
    126. Westfield04/18
    127. Garwood06/18
    128. Palmyra04/18
    129. Linden06/18
    130. Teaneck09/18
    131. Shamong11/18
    132. South Orange11/18
    133. Wall12/18
    134. Medford Lakes02/19
    PMFUS counts all counties which include bans in their resolutions of support, though lack the authority over businesses locally.
    For more, see  Summaries ↑.
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  16. New Mexico []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Rio Rancho04/17
    2. Albuquerque06/06
  17. New York []City BanStrong restrictions.jurisdictions +
    1. Mamaroneck02/16
    2. Mount Pleasant03/16
    3. Yorktown08/16
    4. Rye Brook08/16
    5. Port Chester10/16
  18. Ohio []States prohibiting local bans.Strong restrictions.jurisdictions +
    Bans nullified by state law.
    1. Toledo12/13
    2. Grove City03/16
    We count both these cities for passing bans.
    More info  Summaries ↑.
  19. Pennsylvania []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Pittsburgh12/15
    2. Philadelphia04/16
  20. Rhode Island []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. East Providence06/14
    2. Warwick06/17
  21. Tennessee []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Nashville05/18
    2. Franklin12/18
  22. Texas []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. El Paso10/10
    2. Austin12/10
    3. Ft. Worth06/18
  23. Utah []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Salt Lake County10/15
    2. Sandy City05/18
    3. Midvale05/18
    4. Murray08/18
    5. Salt Lake City11/18
  24. Washington []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Bainbridge Island6/17
    2. Bremerton9/17
    3. Poulsbo01/18
  25. Wyoming []City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Rock Springs04/18

Canada flag Canadian provinces with local bansBans.
also passed strong restrictionsStrong restrictions.

  1. British Columbia [2]City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Richmond11/10
    2. New Westminster11/12
    3. Vancouver06/17
    4. Delta10/17
    5. Surrey03/18
    6. Burnaby06/18
  2. Ontario []City BanStrong restrictions.jurisdictions +
    1. Mississauga07/12
    2. Toronto02/13
    3. Kingston08/13
    4. Vaughan04/14
    5. Waterloo08/14
    6. Ottawa03/16
    7. Oakville03/16
    8. Richmond Hill06/16
    9. Cambridge10/16
    10. Chatham-Kent04/17
    11. London12/17
  3. Quebec [3]City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Rosemont-La Petite Patrie12/11
    2. Hudson09/14
    3. Beaconsfield12/15

Australian flag. AUSTRALIAN state with banBans.

  1. Victoria [ ] City Ban jurisdictions +
    STATEWIDE BAN, 12.14.17 Statewide Bans
    1. Victoria12/17

UK flag UNITED KINGDOM countries Countrywide Bans.

  1. England/UK flag England01/2020 Countrywide ban: mandated 2019, effective 2020 Countries
  2. Wales flag Wales01/2020 Countrywide ban: mandated 2019, effective 2020 Countries
  3. Scotland flag Scotland01/2020 Countrywide ban: mandated 2019, effective 2020 Countries
  4. UK flag for Northern Ireland Northern Ireland01/2020 Countrywide ban: mandated 2019, effective 2020 Countries

US flag US states with local or statewide restrictionsStrong restrictions.
of these also passed bansBans.

  1. Arizona [ statewide]States prohibiting local bans.City Ban[2 bans nullified by State.]
  2. Connecticut flagConnecticut [ statewide]Strong restrictions.
  3. Florida [ local]Strong restrictions.City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Parkland11/10
    2. Sunrise County04/13 Allows "hobby breeders"
    3. Plantation08/15
    4. Coral Springs09/15
    5. Miami07/17 Allows "hobby breeders"
  4. Illinois [: local, statewide]Strong restrictions.City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Mundelein11/16
    2. Statewide11/15
  5. Louisiana flagLouisiana [ statewide]Strong restrictions.
  6. Maryland flagMaryland [ statewide]Strong restrictions.City Ban
  7. New Jersey [: city, statewide]Strong restrictions.City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Statewide01/15
    2. Emerson06/16
    3. Park Ridge07/16
  8. New York [: city, 1 county]Strong restrictions.City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Suffolk County06/14
    2. New York City12/14
  9. Ohio [ statewide]States prohibiting local bans.City Ban[2 bans nullified by State.]
  10. Virginia [: city, statewide]Strong restrictions.jurisdictions +
    1. Statewide03/15
    2. Virginia Beach03/16

Canada flag Canadian province with local restrictionStrong restrictions.
Province has passed bansBan.

  1. Ontario []Strong restrictions.City Banjurisdictions +
    1. Welland11/14

assignment_turned_in Nerd face emoji Resolutions and Statements of SupportResolutions of Support

  1. New York State Attorney General Resolution of SupportState or Province
  2. Macomb County, Michigan Resolution of SupportSupport
  3. Camden County, New Jersey: 15 incorporated jurisdictionsResolution of SupportSupport
  4. Middlesex County, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictionsResolution of SupportSupport
  5. Ocean County, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictionsResolution of SupportCounty
  6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resolution of SupportCity Resolution of Support
  7. Monmouth County, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictionsResolution of SupportCounty
  8. Mercer County, New Jersey: 11 incorporated jurisdictions.Resolution of SupportCounty
  9. Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaResolution of SupportCity
  10. Passaic County, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictions.Resolution of SupportCounty
  11. Bergen County, New Jersey: incorporated jurisdictions.Resolution of SupportCounty
See map layer "Resolutions of support" for details and links.

gavel : Face wearing sunglasses emoji Lawsuits Against Bans Have Failed. Bans Upheld

Jurisdictions and activists have won in federal courts times: San Diego puppy store owner David Salinas sued each individual member of the City Council, activists and organizations including Companion Animal Protection Society and Humane Society of the US which helped write the ordinance. Judge dismissed the charges for all but the City of San Diego. A month later, Mr. Salinas dropped the suit against the city.

Cook County suit was dismissed twice by a federal judge: First in May and again with new arguments in August. Cook County, 2:2.

Embattled NJ puppy store chain owner (and owner of a MO puppy mill) Vincent LoSacco dropped his suit against the borough of Emerson, NJ, 7/2016.

  1. San Diego, CaliforniaFailed Lawsuits
    • Aug 2014, judge dismissed most charges.
    • Sep 2014, plaintiff dropped suit.
  2. East Providence, Rhode Island - Mar 2015, dismissed.Failed Lawsuits
  3. Cook County, Illinois - May 2015, dismissed.Failed Lawsuits
  4. Sunrise, Florida - Jun 2015, upheld.Failed Lawsuits
  5. Phoenix, Florida - Jul 2015, upheld.Failed Lawsuits
  6. Cook County, Illinois - Aug 2015, appeal dismissed.Failed Lawsuits
  7. New York, New York - Oct 2015, dismissed. [Strong restrictions]Failed Lawsuits
  8. Chicago, Illinois - Nov 2015, dismissed.Failed Lawsuits
  9. East Providence, Rhode Island - Dec 2015, appeal dismissed.Failed Lawsuits
  10. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - Dec 2015, dismissed under summary judgement.Failed Lawsuits
  11. Emerson, New Jersey - Jul 2016, store owner dropped suit against borough.Failed Lawsuits
  12. Sarasota, Florida - Jun 2017, Petland loses final appeal to keep selling despite county ban.Failed Lawsuits
  13. Chicago, Illinois - Sep 2017, Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal crueltyFailed Lawsuits
See map layer "Failed Legal Challenges" for details and links.

gavel Lawsuits Against StoresSuits Against Stores

  1. Petland, Novi, Michigan, breach of contract and alleged multiple violations of the Consumer Protection Act, 03/2018.
    Novi Petland sued for allegedly selling diseased and sick puppies A Novi pet shop owner has been sued by 16 people alleging he sells sick and diseased animals. Randy Horowitz, owner and operator of Petland, located inside Twelve Oaks Mall, has been sued amid allegations that he knowingly sold puppies that suffered from genetic defects, had infections as well as highly contagious and deadly diseases between 2012 and 2016.
  2. Petland, Henderson, Nevada, Criminal neglect, 19 counts, 12/2017.
    Henderson Petland fined thousands for sick dog, overcrowding violations The owner is now facing criminal charges and has been fined more than $12,000. Animal Control officers said the store failed to follow laws designed to protect people from buying unhealthy pets.
  3. Petland Pet Store National Chain, Atlanta, Georgia, 07/2017.
    Animal Legal Defense Fund Files Nationwide Racketeering Class Action Lawsuit Against Petland
  4. Petlands Kennesaw & Sarasota, FL 11/15.
    I guess now that it is on public record I can officially announce we ARE taking legal action against Petland and the owners of Petland Kennesaw and Petland Sarasota, Lamar and Brad Parker. Video: Shut down Petland in Sarasota, FL Facebook post.
  5. Mount Clemens, Michigan, 8/2015.
    Puppy buyers seek to close Mount Clemens pet store
    A law firm on Monday will seek a permanent injunction in Macomb County Circuit Court in an attempt to bar a Mount Clemens pet store from selling allegedly sick animals.
    Jennifer Measel of Farmington Hills-based Haas & Goldstein, P.C. wants a judge to issue a cease-and-desist order to prevent the operators of Little Dogz from the further sale of any animals.
    “We want to be sure they can no longer sell pets to the public,” Measel said.
    Thirty-one plaintiffs are now included in the lawsuit that was filed in March seeking monetary damages for multiple violations of the Consumer Protection Act after purchasing puppies that were allegedly defective, suffering from infections or highly contagious diseases.
  6. Class-Action v. Barkworks, Southern CA, 9/2014, expanded.
    Class-Action Encouragement: Barkworks’ Case Brings Puppy Mills Into Focus, 11/2015
    Barkworks, a pet-store chain in four Southern California counties. In October, ALDF broadly expanded its lawsuit against Barkworks, initially filed in Orange County in September 2014 on behalf of a handful of individual plaintiffs, by adding class-action allegations, thus filing on behalf of a broad class of misled purchasers of the chain's puppies.
  7. Furry Babies' Pet Store Faces Lawsuit for Allegedly Selling Unhealthy Puppy Mill Puppies", 3/13.
    Original posting from 1/2013, “Furry Babies” Pet Store Faces Lawsuit for Allegedly Selling Unhealthy Puppy Mill Puppies and latest update, 6/2016.
    Good news for consumers and dogs: an Illinois court has ruled that a lawsuit alleging that a Chicago-area pet store chain that sold sick puppy mill puppies can proceed to trial, rejecting the pet store’s second attempt to have the case dismissed.
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  • Petfinder logoWhat is a Puppy Mill?The Scream emoji
    According to the ASPCA, a puppy mill is a “large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.”

    Puppies born in a puppy mill are often sold at as young as 8 weeks old, to brokers and/or retailers who then sell the puppies to the consumer. Some puppy mills sell directly to the public through web sites, newspaper classifieds or at flea markets. (ASPCA).

    According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States, only 2,024 of which are USDA licensed.

    These 10,000 operations are responsible for the sale of 2.15 million puppies in the United States. (HSUS, Puppy Mills Research) More…
  • Main Line Animal Rescue logoMLAR continues to fight for dogs imprisoned in our nation's puppy mills.clapping hands emoji
    We all know puppy mills are bad. Factory farms where thousands of breeding dogs are kept in cages slightly larger than their own bodies.

    Underfed dogs feeding an industry of corruption and greed. Instead of walking on grass, they spend a lifetime on painful wire flooring in cramp rabbit hutches. Instead of collars or bandanas, they wear rusted livestock clips in their ears or chains with USDA tags embedded in their necks. Undeserving of a name after eight years of service, a breeding female is often starved to death or led into a dark cornfield and shot once she can no longer produce puppies for market. More…
  • PAWS logoBuyer Beware: The Problem with Puppy Mills and Backyard BreedersRobot face emoji
    Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce dogs (and cats in cat mills) for sale through pet stores, or directly to consumers through classified ads or the Internet. Roughly 90 percent of puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills. Many retailers who buy animals from such facilities take the wholesaler's word that the animals are happy and healthy without seeing for themselves.

    In most states, these commercial breeding kennels can legally keep hundreds of dogs in cages their entire lives, for the sole purpose of continuously churning out puppies. The animals produced range from purebreds to any number of the latest "designer" mixed breeds. Cat breeding occurs under similar conditions to supply pet stores with kittens. More…
  • Pet Watch NJ logoAmish Puppy Mills: The Pennsylvania Amish Puppy Mill ConnectionGiving the finger emoji
    The Amish are not quite as anachronistic as they may appear at first glance: contemporary Amish have cell phones, caller ID, answering machines, generator-operated heaters and propane-driven appliances. While car ownership is banned, they see nothing wrong in riding in them and often hire others to shuttle them around town. Telephones are not allowed in Amish homes, but many are found in barns or booths, called shanties. Many Amish own freezers but keep them in non-Amish neighbors' homes, sometimes paying rent for the space. (Mennonites, the older, less-strict religious order from whom the Amish split in the 1600's, drive cars and have electricity. Old Order Mennonites, also known as "horse & buggy" Mennonites, are but a mirror image of the Amish.)

    Besides raising cows and chickens, hundreds of Amish (and Mennonites), are engaged in another "agricultural" venture, that of large-scale dog breeding known as puppy mills. When it comes to the subject of dog breeding and the Amish, nowhere are the sounds of silence by tight-lipped local officials and the Tourism Board more apparent. Given that the Amish are well known for their agricultural skills, it's no wonder that most people are stunned when told that many Amish, with their large-scale commercials kennels, are responsible for Pennsylvania's reputation among the animal welfare community as the "puppy mill capital of the east." More…
  • Daily Mail logoOne in five puppies bought online die before they reach six months old and many are more aggressiveCrying face emoji
    Welfare organisations claim such breeders are only interested in profits, not the animals’ health or well-being.

    As a consequence, many die due to poor health while still puppies or require expensive veterinary treatment. They are also more likely to display aggressive or unsociable behaviour.

    Experts warn that any prospective owner should ideally buy their pet from a registered breeder or a rescue centre, and visit the premises to see the puppy with its mother and inspect health certificates. More…
  • Michigan State Animal Center logo Something Stinks: The Need for Environmental
    Regulation of Puppy Mills
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    Evaluates the need for further federal and state governmental regulation of commercial breeding facilities through pollution control and waste management, thereby ensuring the well-being of commercially-bred dogs as well as the local environment. More…
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    Sideeways eyes emojiAKC-registered breeders raising dogs in 'miserable' conditions

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