March 14, 2017 11:20 PM
A Minnesota city is banning the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores.
The Roseville City Council adopted the ban Monday. It follows a citizen-led movement to end a practice that has been criticized by animal rights advocates, who maintain keeping the animals in cages is harmful.
"I think as the community becomes more aware, and people become more aware of the conditions at the puppy and kitty mills, they don't want to support those types of operations," Kathy Mock of the Animal Humane Society said.
She said many pet stores have gotten their dogs and cats from pet mills for years.
While there is a law in Minnesota to regulate some commercial breeders, Mock said many pet stores buy their animals from all over the country.
This new ordinance will prevent the sale of those animals in Roseville.
"This bill is not to put the pet stores out of business," Mock said. "It's to help them transition to what is called a humane business model, where they can still be in business, sell the retail stuff and partner with shelters and rescues and host adoption days."
Cat owner Sandy Rietmann has been to the capitol supporting animal legislation. She said this is just the beginning.
"It's so wrong how they are treated in those puppy mills," Rietmann said.
"No animal or living creature deserves to be treated like that. This makes me so happy. In my soul, my heart, I could just cry right now."
There is only one pet shop in Roseville that sells dogs and cats.
The owner didn't want to talk on camera, but said he is disappointed in the city's decision.
Ordinances like this seem to be growing in popularity. In fact, more than 230 cities around the country have something on the books.
But Roseville may be the first in Minnesota.
Jessica Miles and Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: March 14, 2017 11:20 PM
Created: March 14, 2017 08:20 AM
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