Action Alert

Massachusetts: Close the Puppy Mill to Pet Shop Pipeline

Across the country, dogs are suffering in puppy mills – inhumane commercial breeding operations that prioritize profit over the well-being of animals. Some of these dogs are ultimately sold in Massachusetts pet shops.

A bill that would shut down the puppy mill to pet shop pipeline by prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in stores is being considered by the Massachusetts Legislature. Please call your state senator and state representative, then send follow-up emails, urging them to support An Act Banning the Retail Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops (H.800/S.175).


Often confined to barren, wire cages with little companionship, dogs in puppy mills suffer physically and psychologically. They are generally kept in crowded, unsanitary conditions without access to clean food and water or veterinary care. Mother “breeder” dogs give birth to multiple litters per year and are typically abandoned or killed when no longer deemed useful to puppy mill operators.

Two states, California and Maryland, and several Massachusetts cities and towns have already taken a stand against puppy mills and enacted similar bans. Let’s make the Commonwealth the next to enact a statewide ban!

Thank you for asking your state senator and state representative to crack down on unscrupulous pet shops and support H.800/S.175.

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