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San Diego adopts new anti-puppy mill ordinance
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Cities and states across the country are adopting new rules that change the way pet stores do business.
And because of that trend, we're seeing fewer adorable puppies in the window.
San Diego is the latest community to ban pet stores from selling dogs that come from commercial breeders.
So now, those stores are only allowed to sell 'rescued' animals from shelters.
31 other cities have adopted similar bans.
The Humane Society says it hopes laws like that will eventually put puppy mills out of business.
Often, those operations keep animals in miserable conditions.
"Dogs are kept in tiny wire cages; sometimes only six inches from the tip of their nose to the cage, for their entire lives," said Dale Bartlett, with the Humane Society of the United States.
While the bans do prevent pet shops from selling commercially-bred animals, they do not stop commercial breeders from selling directly to consumers.
Supporters of the laws hope that will push pet owners to check out a facility's conditions for themselves before buying a pet.