In an effort to crack down on "puppy mills," a proposed bill that advanced out of a New Jersey state Senate committee on Monday would require pet stores to display information about each dog and cat for sale, including the name and address of the breeder.
The proposal by Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Ocean) and Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) also prohibits pet shops from selling or offering for sale, or purchasing for resale, dogs or cats obtained from breeders or intermediaries who are unlicensed, not in compliance with laws and regulation regarding the care of animals, or who have been issued certain citations on USDA inspection reports.
"We've heard too many stories about puppy and kitten mills that breed and keep too many animals in unhealthy and inhumane conditions," said Holzapfel, in a statement. "By requiring increased disclosure of a cat or dog's history at the point of sale, we can give consumers the opportunity to research the breeder and their reputation and make an informed decision on where to make their purchase."
Holzapfel has been introducing bills aimed at curtailing sales of dogs and cats from puppy mills since 2012, when a store in his district, Puppies Galore in Brick Township, was raided by authorities and shut down.
By the time authorities arrived at the store, 26 of the 39 dogs being held there were sick, some seriously. The photo attached to this story was taken by a Patch reporter as the dogs were being removed from the store.