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"PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a measure Thursday that blocks cities from banning commercial breeders in pet stores, a move critics say undermines efforts to prevent the sale of puppies raised inhumanely." - from ktar.com

In a statement issued today, PIJAC President & CEO Mike Bober responded to a new Arizona law implementing consistent statewide standards in regards to the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. This new state-level legislation reverses local sales bans in Phoenix and Tempe as well as a proposed one in Tucson.

"COLUMBUS — A controversial amendment that would have nullified Toledo’s ordinance restricting where pet stores may buy their dogs will be stripped from an unrelated bill today." - from toledoblade.com


"Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed into law March 24 a bill to require animal shelters and rescue groups to spay/neuter cats and dogs before adoption." - from examiner.com


"'We are worried that legislation like this limits pet choice and creates situations where families must select pets not ideal for their situation,' said Bober, whose group represents pet stores and other businesses in the pet industry." - from sun-sentinel.com


"'We started getting a lot of emails and phone calls about it and I think we’ve seen tonight what that input can do,' Holman said. 'The point is, the council does listen to the public when there are concerns. Decisions are not set in stone or made far in advance. We will listen, and I think this is an example of how we can change policy based on public comment.'" - from normantranscript.com


"Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley introduced an ordinance nicknamed the 'Puppy Mill Bill' on Feb. 22 that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in Boston, according to a press release." - from jamaicaplaingazette.com