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Salt Lake City takes step against harmful dog breeding practices

Animal rights activists can rejoice - Salt Lake City has passed a new ordinance that will place further restrictions on dog breeding, Fox 13 News reports.

The law, voted on unanimously by the Salt Lake City Council, requires those whose canines produce more than two litters of puppies in a 12-month period to renew their license every year. In order to attain the license, breeders will have to undergo monthly inspections and keep their grounds in tip-top shape.

"We think this is a great ordinance because what it does it puts a tool into animal control's hands that allows them to regulate the uncontrolled breeding of dogs," Humane Society's Gene Baierschmidt told the news outlet.

Those who do not comply may be faced with a $1,000 fine or a six-month jail sentence.

Animal rescue activists implore those looking to add a furry friend to their family to head to a shelter instead of a pet store. Puppy mills often house animals in poor conditions and have female dogs breeding multiple times a year.
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