The Baltimore City Council is to consider banning the sale of cats and dogs at pet stores as animal-rights activists eye a statewide prohibition.
The ban is set to be introduced at the Monday evening meeting, according to the council’s agenda.
State law currently prohibits pet stores from selling animals bred at so-called puppy mills — facilities with low standards associated with poor conditions and unhealthy animals — by requiring stores to only sell dogs raised by breeders with a good record in federal inspections.
But Emily Hovermale, the director of the Maryland chapter of the Humane Society of the United States,said advocates of the ban don’t think the law is being properly followed.
“We don’t know where the dogs are coming from that are being sold,” she said, so animal rights activists are pushing for an all-out ban.