It’s all coming up roses for animals in one Minnesota city: On Monday night, the Roseville city council voted unanimously to ban the commercial sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Roseville is the first city in MN to enact this type of ban.
“This is in fitting with Roseville’s values, and current conditions are not,” Council Member Lisa Laliberte is quoted as saying in the Pioneer Press. The issue was brought to the city’s attention last year when Har Mar Pet Shop in Roseville was inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who reported that the store’s animals were suffering and receiving poor care.
“We are grateful to the Roseville city council for their compassion and for taking a stand against the pet store sale of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills,” Christine Coughlin, MN State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, told Sidewalk Dog. She notes that many individuals and organizations came together to achieve this, such as HSUS-MN, Animal Humane Society, and Animal Folks. “It’s a good day for dogs and cats in Minnesota!”