O’Malley’s ‘Puppy Mill Bill’ approved

The City Council on March 2 unanimously passed Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s ordinance nicknamed the “Puppy Mill Bill,” which will ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in Boston, according to a press release.

Mayor Martin Walsh signed the ordinance later that day.

O’Malley announced the bill last month at the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.

The ordinance will not affect a consumer’s ability to obtain a dog, cat, or rabbit directly from a shelter, rescue organization, or breeder.

“Today is an historic day for both animals and the City of Boston, which proved once again that we can elevate the welfare of animals—as well as the constituents we serve—and demonstrate what a humane city Boston is,” said O’Malley, according to the press release.

The bill aims to prevent the sale of puppies and kittens from large-scale breeding facilities that may have violations against the federal Animal Welfare Act. Common violations of the Animal Welfare Act include minimal to non-existent veterinary care; lack of adequate and nutritious food, water, and shelter; lack of socialization; lack of adequate space; and lack of adequate exercise.

While there is only one pet store in Boston that sells rabbits, The Pet Shop in Brighton, the bill is designed to prevent any other stores from doing the same. The bill also prevents animal sales in public parks and on City streets.



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