Phoenix-based animal shelters are starting the new year on a positive note. According to Dogster.com, the city council has passed a law banning the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders. It will go into effect in January.
There was some pushback to the ordinance and opponents claimed the law would hurt the local economy.
"We support local business, we're not putting them out of business," Thelda Williams, a Phoenix councilwoman, said in a statement. "We are giving them an option where they can get dogs. I think if the big stores can survive really well on it, the little ones can too."
In the future, if Phoenix pet stores want to sell dogs and cats the animals must be obtained from shelters and rescue groups.
Other cities in the U.S. have enacted similar laws. In 2012, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that banned the sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits. This past September, San Diego became the second largest city to pass a law where pet retailers could only sell animals obtained from shelters and other rescue organizations, according to the International Business Times. Austin, Texas, and Albuquerque, N.M., also have similar ordinances.
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