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Bills Passed in Michigan Senate Ban Regulation of Pet Shops

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The Michigan Senate passed two bills Thursday evening regarding pet stores. HB 5917 bans municipalities from passing local ordinances that regulate pet shops in their communities, and HB 5916 allows pet shops to sell dogs only if they are obtained from a shelter, dog retailer or breeder licensed by the US Department of Agriculture.  

The two bills were passed 23-14 in the Republican-controlled Senate.

According to the Detroit Free Press, supporters of the bill argue that the legislation will make it more difficult for pet stores to obtain pets from puppy mills, and that the puppies at pet stores will have a cleaner bill of health.

Those that oppose the bill are concerned over the deregulation of pet stores, which, they argue, may actually make it easier for pet stores to get their pets from unlicensed breeders.

This bill is now going to Gov. Rick Snyder to sign or veto.

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