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Julie R. Sinclair, DVM1; Ryan M. Wallace, DVM2; Karen Gruszynski, DVM3; Marilyn Bibbs Freeman, PhD4; Colin Campbell, DVM5; Shereen Semple, MS5; Kristin Innes, MPH5; Sally Slavinski, DVM6; Gabriel Palumbo, MPH1; Heather Bair-Brake, DVM1; Lillian Orciari, MS2; Rene E. Condori, MS2; Adam Langer, DVM1; Darin S. Carroll, PhD2; Julia Murphy, DVM3

According to the Courier-Post, Camden County, New Jersey, appears to be on the brink of adopting a resolution to ban pet store sales of purebred and specially bred dogs and cats bred, raised and sold by Class A licensed breeders or those exempt from licensure by USDA (Hobby Breeders).  Pet stores would only be

New Jersey legislators are considering a bill that would require increased regulation over animal shelters and rescues in New Jersey, and anyone else importing animals into the state for sale or adoption. The bill, S2625, was passed by the Senate Economic Growth Committee on August 10 and now proceeds to the Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Guest post-republished with permission.

PORTLAND, Ore., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The number of dogs entering US shelters has reached an all-time low, and the number of purebred dogs found in shelters has dropped to about 5%, according to a study just released by the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), an advocacy

A proposed bill in Maryland would exempt shelter and non-profit entities that offer pets to the public for adoption from providing a customer with a health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of the sale.

The health certificate would disclose “any illness, disease, or congenital or hereditary condition of the dog or

As reported in the Sentinel, NJ state Senator Linda Greenstein recently convened a meeting of “[a]nimal shelter directors, members of rescue organizations and public officials . . .  to discuss potential legislation aimed at strengthening oversight and enforcement of animal shelters.”

Topics discussed during the meeting included:

  • increasing shelter reporting requirements
  • requiring operational plans

Many involved in the breeding and sale of purebred dogs are understandably concerned about the torrent of ordinances and statutes recently adopted which essentially or outright ban the sale of purebred dogs. But hope may be on the way-namely, Purdue’s animal care standards.

These standards are uniform “science-based, nationwide animal care standards for the