Roseville just became the first city in Minnesota to ban the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores.
The City of Roseville voted Monday to approve the ordinance that bans pet stores from selling dogs and cats, but still allows them to hold adoption events for rescue animals.
The hope is that this will discourage "puppy mills" – commercial breeding facilities where animal rights advocates say pets are overbred and treated poorly – where pet stores tend to get their animals, instead of breeders that typically sell directly to families.
The Minnesota Humane Society, which is a foster-focused organization, "wholeheartedly supports the Roseville ban of commercial sale of cats and dogs in pet stores," Director Linda Challeen told GoMN, noting she believes Roseville is the first city in Minnesota to pass this kind of ordinance.
The idea for the ban came after public backlash towards the Har Mar Pet Shop following a CityPages story that detailed the problems there. Protests were organized and a petition to shut down the store on Change.org received thousands of signatures.
According to city documents, there are currently four pet stores located in Roseville: PetSmart, PETCO, Chuck and Don’s, and Har Mar Pet Store. Har Mar is the only one not offering rescue animals.
Roseville's ordinance will go into effect in six months, the Pioneer Press reports.