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.
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