Boston City Council Passes Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits; Mayor Expected to Support Ban

The Boston City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores in Boston. Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley proposed the law that would also prohibit the sale of animals in public parks and city streets. Mayor Walsh is expected to sign the ordinance, according to Andrew Ryan of the Boston Globe, and the ban on sales in public parks and city streets will then take immediate effect.  The ban of selling dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores will take effect on Dec. 31, 2017. This bill is deemed the Puppy Mill Bill to prevent the sale of puppies and kittens in stores.

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