In an effort to stop the puppy mill epidemic, in which dogs arrive at pet stores in poor dog health because of abuse and neglect, city council members in West Hollywood, California, are looking to mandate a law ordering that pet stores can only sell pets from shelters.
Lawmakers and animal activists believe that this law will send a message to puppy suppliers who treat their animals cruelly, according to USA Today.
This movement "will send a strong message to abusive commercial breeders all over the nation," Carole Davis of Companion Animal Protections Society (CAPS), told the news provider.
The council appeared to have agreed, and passed the bill. Animal activists said they believe that this is the first step in putting the puppy mills out of business, as there will no longer be a market.
Animal rescuers also believe that this could help with the overcrowding in the area’s shelters. California is facing a severe problem with overcrowded pounds, which can sometimes result in some animals being euthanized.