- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has passed a measure that would block cities from regulating the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores.

The bill would undermine ordinances in Phoenix and Tempe as well as a proposed ordinance in Tucson that requires pet stores only sell rescue and shelter animals in an effort to prevent the sale of animals from puppy mills.

The proposal also sets standards for allowing commercial breeders to sell their animals in pet stores.

The senate voted 18-9 for the measure Wednesday. The House earlier passed the measure on a 36-23 vote and it now and it now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for his signature.

Advocates said the bill locks in federal regulations allowing puppy mills, but backers say it’s a compromise.

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