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Toronto Pet Stores Must Sell Only Pound Pups

Shops can only sell ones from humane society, shelter, or rescue group
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2011 2:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Toronto has a message for puppy mills: piss off. In a unanimous vote, the city council has banned pet stores from selling any cat or dog that does not come from a humane society, shelter, or rescue group. They believe the move will achieve two ends: Cut down on the animal cruelty that puppy mills breed along with their dogs, and discourage residents from impulse puppy purchases, reports the Toronto Star.

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"We'll never shut down puppy mills, there are all sorts of ways people will illicitly raise animals," says an official. "But I believe this will limit animal cruelty in the city of Toronto." (Unfortunately, the move won't help these two poor pups.)

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