- Associated Press - Monday, January 8, 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) - A statewide push to ban the sale of cats and dogs at pet stores may find a foothold in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports a measure seeking the ban will be introduced at Monday’s meeting of the Baltimore City Council. There are no pet stores in the city that currently sell cats and dogs.

Humane Society of the United States chapter director Emily Hovermale doesn’t believe pet stores adhere to the current state law prohibiting the sale of puppy mill-bred animals. Her group will seek a ban on a state level when the General Assembly session begins.

A pet store operator in Towson and Rockville, Mitch Thomson, says the proposed city law’s allowance of collaborations between stores and animal shelters isn’t a viable option, as “the nonprofits don’t have desirable animals” to sell.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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