In an effort to prevent so-called “puppy mills,” local states and counties are adopting new laws to regulate pet store sales. Virginia’s General Assembly approved a bill that tells pet stores where they can get their animals. Maryland lawmakers are considering a ban on dog and cat sales in new pet stores. And the Montgomery County Council wants to ban sales of animals from commercial “mills.” We examine the debate over where pet stores should source their animals.


  • David Grimm Author, "Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs"; Deputy News Editor, "Science"
  • Sue Bell Founder and Executive Director, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in Arlington; Board Member, Virginia Federation of Humane Societies
  • Mike Bober Executive Vice President, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
  • George Leventhal President, Montgomery County Council (D)

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