Dallas, Texas has joined a growing list of cities and states across the country that are banning commercially bred pets. In a major win for animal welfare activists, Dallas City Council recently voted to unanimously ban the selling of dogs and cats in pet stores. Animal advocates say the recent decision is one step closer to cracking down on the existence of puppy mills.*
Dallas joins more than 400 municipalities across the U.S. that have banned the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. The movement to ban puppy mills has been gathering steam in recent years, including in California, which became the first state to do so in 2017. New York most recently passed a bill in 2021 to shut down the puppy mill pipeline flowing into the state.
*According to the Humane Society, 500,000 dogs live in inhumane high-volume breeding facilities across the United States, often in cramped and unsafe conditions.