Springfield bans commercial pet sales at pet stores starting Wednesday, halting sales of puppies, kittens and rabbits

On Wednesday, a ban will be put in place that prohibits the sale of pets in Springfield pet stores.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Advocacy director Kara Holmquist has been working on the project to end the sale of rabbits, puppies and kittens from commercial breeders, but will allow pet stores to provide shelter animals for adoption instead, said the MSPCA to MassLive.

Such a ban is necessary to protect animals because most animals sold in pet stores come from large-scale commercial farms, the MSPCA said.

Because of this, money becomes more of a priority than animal health and welfare.

The MSPCA also added that these facilities have been cited for over-breeding, inbreeding, poor veterinary care, lack of adequate food, water and shelter.

The ban on commercial pet sales confirms the idea that Springfield won’t have another store like The Puppy Place on Boston Road, the MSPCA said. According to the organization, veterinary records show that in 2021 Puppy Place purchased and imported dogs from a puppy mill owner in Iowa, whose Animal Welfare Act license was revoked by the USDA. .

“Although it has taken longer than expected to take effect, we are grateful for the overwhelming support from Springfield City Council and Mayor, as well as Animal and Resident Control. The city is credited with breaking part of the puppy mill pipeline into a pet store and in doing so, protecting both animals and consumers,” Holmquist said.

Springfield will be one of nine cities and towns in the state that have a ban like this in place.

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