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canadian goose jacket Maryland is set to become the second state in the country after California to ban retail pet stores from selling puppies and kittens, Canada Goose Outlet which animal rights advocates say will help reduce demand for dogs uk canada goose outlet born in “puppy Canada Goose sale mills.”

canada goose deals Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed the legislation into law Tuesday despite pushback from the owners of the state’s seven affected pet stores, who lobbied unsuccessfully cheap Canada Goose to canada goose uk black friday convince the governor to veto canada goose store the bill.

buy canada goose jacket cheap The owners say they use responsible breeders that lawmakers and advocates have inaccurately characterized as “puppy mills.” By 2020, when the law will fully take effect, the owners say Marylanders will have fewer options for finding purebred puppies and could turn to the Internet, where sales are difficult to regulate and fake websites abound.

canada goose “We couldn’t have been in this business for 20 years if the breeders weren’t caring for the dogs,” uk canada goose said Jeanea Thomson, who with her husband owns Just Puppies, a pet store business with locations in Rockville and Towson.

canada goose black friday sale Although Canada Goose Jackets Thomson Canada Goose online acknowledged there are “bad players out there,” she said her business is not among them. She said she and her husband regularly visit their approximately 50 breeders most of them in Missouri and Iowa so they can personally vouch for their conditions.

“We don’t want puppy mill puppies,” she said, sitting at the cash register in her Rockville location, which sold more than 1,000 young dogs last year. “Most of these puppies are being bred on farms.”

canada goose store Beagle puppies for sale at Just Puppies in Rockville, Md. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

canada goose coats But Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (D Montgomery), the legislation’s sponsor and a longtime owner of adopted Doberman pinschers, called the commercial breeders that supply the stores “abominations” that lack “room for puppies to roam and for breeding dogs to play.”

Hogan, who also owns dogs, appeared outside the statehouse Tuesday morning with several rescues who are looking for new homes. Agriculture Department within the past two years. But Kramer said that is not enough to protect the young animals. The abrupt removal of inspection reports from the USDA’s website last year made ensuring that breeders are being honest about their history especially difficult, canada goose coats on sale he said.

Canada Goose Jackets Nearly 260 localities nationwide, including canada goose black friday sale Montgomery County, have banned the sale of puppies and kittens, according to the Humane Society. (Rockville is a separate municipality within Montgomery, so the Just Puppies store there was exempted.) The California law, which passed last year, takes effect in 2019.

No retail pet stores sell puppies in the District, although they are legal, said Amy Jesse, a public policy director for the Humane Society. There are some in Virginia, which has passed canada goose soldes femme a law requiring stores to reveal canada goose uk outlet their breeders. Jesse said she hopes Virginia’s legislature will “revisit this issue next year,” especially since Maryland stores that would otherwise have to change their business model may look to move there.

Canada Goose online USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole said the agency does not take positions on state legislation and is dedicated to “conducting quality inspections and providing assistance to facilities with compliance challenges.” Last year, 97 percent of the 2,727 breeding facilities inspected by the USDA were in canadian goose jacket compliance with federal requirements, she said.

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Among the witnesses who testified in favor of the Maryland bill was Billie Castro, who says she thought she had gotten her “dream job” when she was hired at Just Puppies at 18.

Conditions she witnessed over the buy canada goose jacket cheap next six years changed her mind, said Castro, who now operates her own dog grooming business and, according to Thomson, clashed with Just Puppies over efforts to recruit customers.

canada goose coats on sale When employees at Just Puppies unloaded puppies from 18 wheelers, they would sometimes find them undernourished and infested with fleas and parasites, Castro said. At least once a month, she said, a puppy died at the store or in the care of an employee.

Canada Goose Parka Thomson said Castro cheap canada goose uk is a disgruntled employee who is exaggerating. She Canada Goose Coats On Sale said she and employees “do everything in our power” to avoid puppy deaths.

canada goose clearance sale Lawmakers pointed out that one breeder used by Just Puppies, Ann Miller, had several USDA violations in Canada Goose Online 2013 including a dachshund with dental disease, a pug with discharge coming from her eyes, and an accumulation of “dirt and grime” on the doors of dog enclosures.

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Eva Kirsch tries to round up a couple of German shepherd puppies at Just Puppies in Rockville. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Employees and customers in the Puppy Room at Just Puppies in Rockville, Md. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Melchus Davis Jr., a veterinarian with the VCA Centre Park Veterinary Hospital in Columbia, Md., said he has treated puppies purchased at Just Puppies for 12 years canada goose factory sale and has never seen “stark differences” between them and puppies obtained from shelters or bought from breeders who would not be affected by the law. He said Castro’s statement that at least one puppy a month died did not reflect what he had seen.

“The puppies coming from Just Puppies are routinely healthy and in good condition,” he said. “We take animals wherever they may come from. It would be wrong for us canada goose coats to canada goose pick sides and draw a line.”.

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