West Hollywood has jumped on the animal rights bandwagon as they are now restricting the sale of dogs and cats in retail stores, reports MSNBC
They join other cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, and South Lake Tahoe, California, in trying to curb the sale of animals in retail stores because they often come from animal mills. These puppy mills and kitten factories tend to be unsanitary and the animals may be inflicted with hidden illnesses.
"Every time we do a pet store investigation [after a complaint], we find that puppy mills are the suppliers," Stephanie Shain, senior director of the Humane Society of the United States' puppy mills campaign, told the news outlet.
Over the last few years, the public has been shifting away from pet stores and promoting animal rescue
shelters. The more informed the public becomes on the conditions of these puppy mills, the more likely they are to seek humane, alternative solutions when looking to adopt a pet.
Puppy mills are a known to be sources of sickness and disease, with many of the dogs in very poor health, according to the organization United Against Puppy Mills.
Many animal rescue shelters have seen a rise in the number of dogs and cats being admitted and they are always looking for people to provide these animals with loving homes.