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Publication/Event date: 2014-12-09
Publication name: Sun Sentinel
URL for more info: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-tamarac-puppy-mills-20141209-story.html
Summary:
Tamarac doesn't have a puppy mill problem — and officials here want to make sure it doesn't.

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San Diego, CA, September 15, 2014 - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), the City of San Diego, and others, and invited an application for attorneys’ fees and costs.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-03-07
Publication name: The Dodo
URL for more info: https://www.thedodo.com/nyc-proposes-ban-on-puppy-and--456285376.html
Summary:
After years of lobbying by animal welfare organizations, New York City has introduced legislation that will prohibit the sale of pets bred in puppy mills and kitten mills, and also impose strict new requirements on animal care in pet stores.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:08

Orland Park may outlaw 'puppy mill' sales

Publication/Event date: 2014-04-08
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/orland_park_homer_glen/ct-meeting-orland-park-tl-ssw-0410-20140408,0,1606114.story
Summary:
Orland Park trustees are considering banning the sale of pets raised by commercial breeders, which critics call "puppy mills," in village pet stores.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 18:50

Wellington bans commercial pet sales

Publication/Event date: 2014-01-28
Publication name: News Channel 5 / WPTV
URL for more info: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/wellington/wellington-outlaws-commercial-sale-of-dogs-and-cats-at-pet-stores
Summary:
WELLINGTON, Fla. - Wellington has outlawed the commercial sale of dogs and cats at all pet stores within village limits.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-12-16
Publication name: Mission Times Courier
URL for more info: http://scoopsandiego.com/mission_times_courier/community_news/judge-denies-request-to-temporarily-lift-ban-on-san-diego/article_7e21073c-66bd-11e3-a711-001a4bcf6878.html
Summary:
The city of San Diego can continue to enforce its ban on the retail sale of pets while a lawsuit against the ban makes its way through court, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 21:57

'Puppy mill’ law wins first round

Publication/Event date: 2013-12-16
Publication name: U-T San Diego
URL for more info: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/16/sd-puppy-mill-ban-wins-first-round/
Summary:
The legal battle over whether retail stores in San Diego can sell dogs and cats is underway and the city won the first round.
A federal judge has denied a request by pet shop owners for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the city from enforcing the new law until their litigation is settled.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-11-27
Publication name: Opposing Views
URL for more info: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/san-diego-pet-shop-sues-city-and-animal-activists-over-ban-puppy-sales
Summary:
A formal complaint has been filed in federal court on Nov. 25 by the owners of San Diego Puppy, Inc., a retail pet shop located in the city of San Diego. The suit attacks the citywide ban on the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores, which was passed on July 10, 2013.

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Courthouse News Service: Puppy Store Sues San Diego

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Publication/Event date: 2013-11-07
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78090393/
Summary:
After months of deliberation and fact finding, Highland Park City Council has approved a text amendment to the city’s zoning code. The omnibus vote came on October 28th with the Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 150, Article II of the “City of Highland Park Zoning Ordinance of 1997,” as Amended, Regarding the Definition of “Kennel”. “This is a huge win for my great little city”, said Dawn LoCascio. “I am told that in addition to the text amendment change that limits kennels from large-scale breeding, pet stores are prohibited from selling dogs and cats by Special Use Permit in the City of HP.”

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Publication/Event date: 2013-09-10
Publication name: Opposing Views
URL for more info: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/san-diego-puppy-store-owner-david-salinas-defies-pet-shop-puppy-mill-ban#
Summary:
Last week a new ordinance went into effect in the city of San Diego, Calif., making it illegal to sell or offer for sale any commercially bred puppy, kitten or bunny, whether they are from a Midwest puppy mill or a local breeder.

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