The House of Representatives of the state of Rhode Island passed a bill introduced by Representative Patricia Serpa, banning the sale of dogs and cats at pet shops- except those that have come from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue. It would also make it unlawful for any person to sell, exchange, trade, barter or display any dog or cat on any roadside, public right-of-way, parkway, median, park, or other outdoor markets.
“We all know the horror stories of animals that are bred in puppy mills. What this legislation will do is decrease the demand for dogs and cats that are bred in this terrible fashion while increasing the demand for pets that come from animal shelters. This, in turn, will encourage pet shops to adopt and adhere to more humane policies in the sales of cats and dogs,” said Serpa.
California and Maryland have passed similar legislation
The bill now moves to the state Senate.