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Oregon May Require Pet Stores To Sell Dogs Only From Shelters


Three-year-old German shepherd mix Memphis sits in a kennel at the Marion County Dog Shelter Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Three-year-old German shepherd mix Memphis sits in a kennel at the Marion County Dog Shelter Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

Oregon pet stores would no longer be able to sell dogs purchased from breeders under a bill being considered in the Legislature.

House Bill 4045 would require dogs sold in pet stores to come from an animal shelter, humane society, dog control district or rescue organization.

Pet stores would have to post conspicuous signs on each dog’s enclosure stating where it came from. Violators could be fined up to $500 for offering or selling non-rescue dogs.

The bill would increase adoptions of rescue dogs, the bill’s cosponsor, Rep. David Gomberg, D-Otis, said. And it would filter out puppy mills — large-scale breeders who put profit over animal care.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.

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