City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents a portion of Back of the Hill, announced an ordinance nicknamed the “Puppy Mill Bill” on Feb. 22 that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in Boston, according to a press release.
O’Malley introduced the ordinance at the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.
The ordinance would not affect a consumer’s ability to obtain a dog, cat, or rabbit directly from a shelter, rescue organization, or breeder.
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. Nearby facilities such as Just Pups in Tyngsboro and Laughlin Kennels in Oxford have been under investigation for animal cruelty, according to the press release. 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.
“I am proud to introduce this ordinance that will not only protect animals, but seeks to prevent financial and emotional costs to the city and its residents, and demonstrate that it is important for Boston to foster a more humane environment in the city,” said O’Malley, according to the press release.
[This article has been updated.]