On Wednesday, a ban will be put in place that prohibits the sale of pets in Springfield pet stores.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Advocacy Director, Kara Holmquist, has worked on this project to halt the sale of rabbits, puppies, and kittens from commercial breeders, but will allow pet stores to provide shelter animals for adoption instead, the MSPCA told MassLive.
A ban like this is necessary to protect animals because most animals that are sold in pet stores originate from large-scale, commercial breeding facilities, the MSPCA said.
Because of this, money becomes more of a priority rather than the health and wellbeing of the animals.
The MSPCA also added that these facilities have been cited for over-breeding, inbreeding, poor veterinary care, lack of adequate food, water and shelter.
The ban of commercial pet sales upholds the idea that Springfield won’t have another shop like The Puppy Place on Boston Road, the MSPCA said. According to the organization, veterinary records show that in 2021, the Puppy Place purchased and imported dogs from a puppy mill owner in Iowa, who has now had their Animal Welfare Act license revoked by the USDA.
“While it has taken longer to take effect than anticipated, we are grateful for the overwhelming support from the Springfield City Council and Mayor as well as animal control and residents. The City is credited with breaking a part of the puppy mill to pet shop pipeline, and in doing so, protecting both animals and consumers,” Holmquist said.
Springfield will be one of nine cities and towns in the state that has a ban like this in place.