Northwest Indiana Cities Adopt Puppy Mill Policies

DYER, Ind. (AP) – Communities in Northwest Indiana are considering cruelty-free pet store policies that ban the sale of pets raised in puppy and kitten factories.

The towns of Dyer and Highland recently passed similar ordinances that ban the sale of puppy mill puppies, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. They are among the first municipalities in Indiana to have a humane pet ordinance on the books, joining the city of Columbus and St. Joseph County.

Dyer’s new policy prohibits the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits, but does not prevent pet stores from collaborating with animal care facilities or rescue organizations to provide space to showcase cats, dogs or adoptable rabbits. However, the ordinance does not apply to breeders.

Those who violate the order are subject to a fine of up to $ 500 for each violation, or $ 500 per day for a continuing violation.

The Highland Ordinance does not specify specific penalties for violation, but violations of the new law could fall under the general penalties provision, which allows penalties of up to $ 2,500 per day, said officials. local officials.

Neighboring communities, including Crown Point, Munster and Hobart, are also considering a similar ordinance.

Samantha Morton, Indiana state director for the Humane Society of the United States, told The Times that local ordinances are being driven by new law in Illinois which was enacted in August. The law prohibits puppy mills in the state and prohibits the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores.

Many of those stores are expected to cross the border into Indiana, Morton said, adding that the Humane Society of the United States Indiana plans to bring forward a state-level cruelty-free pet bill in 2022.

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