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R.I. bill would make it illegal to sell non-shelter dogs and cats

Pet shops couldn't sell cats and dogs they didn't get from a shelter

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would ban the sale of non-shelter dogs and cats. 

Introduced by Rep. Patricia A. Serpa, the bill would prohibit pet shops from selling cats and dogs that they did not buy from an animal shelter, pound, or rescue facility. 

It also states the law would prohibit any individuals from selling, exchanging, bartering, displaying, or trading dogs and cats on any roadside, public right-of-way, parkway, median, park, or other outdoor areas. 

Representative Serpa is a longtime advocate of animal rights and released the following statement regarding the bill:

"We all know the horror stories of animals that are bred in puppy mills,” Representative Serpa said. “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.”

The bill is now sent to the Senate, where similar measures have been proposed by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault, D-Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston.

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