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Minnesota City Makes it Illegal to Sell Dogs, Cats in Pet Stores

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 04:09 PM

A city in Minnesota has made it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs and cats, a first in the state.

According to TwinCities.com, Roseville banned the practice. Last year, the city's only pet store that sells dogs and cats — Har Mar Pet Shop — received a bad inspection report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The city council started a discussion around banning the sale of the animals after that, and the members decided to go ahead with that option in a unanimous vote.

The ban will go into effect in six months.

"This is in fitting with Roseville's values, and current conditions are not," city council member Lisa Laliberte told the website.

One Roseville resident told TwinCities.com he purchased a dog in January from Har Mar Pet Shop. The animal, however, has faced health problems since the family brought it home. The owner discovered the breeder was not AKC-registered as the store claimed it was.

Three San Francisco residents, meanwhile, penned an op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner last month that called for pet stores in that city to stop selling animals because of abusive practices.

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