Puppy Mill Ban

In December 2015, Humane Action Pittsburgh successfully drafted and worked for the passage of two ordinances to protect mill-bred animals.

The first is a retail sales ban of dogs, cats, and rabbits not from a shelter or rescue in Pittsburgh, the first ordinance of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania. The Ordinance makes it illegal to sell commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits within city limits.

Secondly, the companion ordinance requires any licensed breeders and kennels to disclose their kennel license and sales license in all advertisements.

Since passing these laws in Pittsburgh, HAP has worked with the boroughs of Sharpsburg, Bellevue, Monessen, and Wilkinsburg to pass similar legislation. Our aim is to enact more similar laws all throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in working on legislation to combat puppy mills in your community, please reach out

Our work is made possible by donations from community members like you. Please consider supporting our work through a monthly or one-time donation.

ED Natalie Ahwesh and Founder Brian Bonsteel meeting to strategize puppy mill legislation.

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