Yet another major city has joined the charge to help shut down puppy mills ... for good.
Last week, Phoenix, Arizona, officially joined the list of U.S. cities passing legislation aimed at shutting down puppy mills by requiring pet stores to offer only adoptable rescues.
The city upheld a 2013 ordinance banning pet stores from selling puppies and kittens - requiring them instead to offer adoptions of shelter and rescue animals. Phoenix joins more than 59 cities and counties across the country that have passed similar legislation.
Puppy mills breed puppies for profit, at the expense of the health and well-being of both the puppies who are being sold and the older dogs used to breed them. The mothers and fathers of dogs sold by puppy mills often live their whole lives in cages, never knowing love or human affection.