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Texas Getting Tough On Pet Stores

Texas has been cracking down on the sale of puppies and kittens at pet stores and Dallas is the latest Texas city to consider making the sales of these domesticated pets illegal at pet store businesses.

 

The United States has strict laws on pet sales in 400 cities. Is it enough?

In fact, it's getting harder to buy animals at pet stores throughout the US, as more than 400 cities in the United States have already banned the sale of canines and felines due to the finding that many of these young animals were bought from " puppy mills."

What defines a mill?

According to Animallaw.info a puppy mill is a facility where animals are kept for the sole purpose of breeding them, often every time the animal goes into heat followed by, "While a retail pet store is not a puppy mill per se, the store may receive its “merchandise” directly from puppy mills or indirectly through "dog brokers." Puppy mills and pet stores sign contracts, where the puppy mill breeds a certain number of puppies and provides them to the store.

What other Texas cities have made it illegal to sell puppies and kittens at pet stores?

In Texas alone, 9 cities have made the sale of these animals illegal. El Paso led the charge with major cities like Austin, San Antonio, and Ft. Worth to follow.

In 2014 Dallas reported that over 600,000 dogs and cats lived in Dallas.

With more than an estimated 600,000 dogs and cats residing in Dallas alone, concerned citizens and lawmakers are banding together to stop the inhumane treatment of animals in their community of over a million residents. Dallas will not vote until sometime in February.

Still, getting the puppy you wanted in the window for Christmas in Texas is getting harder every year, and maybe that's a good thing. 

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LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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