Push for Blaine to prohibit pet stores from selling puppy mill puppies

Community members and humanitarian organizations are urging the city of Blaine to stop selling puppies from the puppy factory in pet stores.

At a shelter, Maverick just needed a chance, and he got it with the Backes family – as did his buddy Kona.

Proponents urge Blaine to ban pet stores from selling puppies from the puppy mill

Lawyers urge Blaine to issue an ordinance banning pet stores from selling puppies from the puppy mill.

Now Kelly and NHL star David Backes are fighting for other dogs as they push for the city of Blaine to pass what is known as a humane pet shop ordinance. The change would ban pet stores from selling puppies, which many say came from puppy mills.

“Conditions in these puppy mills can be dire and still within some kind of government policy where they can be caged on top of each other. Some never come in contact with grass for their entire life,” said David Backes.

Angel’s Pet Store in Hudson, Wisconsin joins the effort. Angel Duratti sold puppies for six years, but that stopped 11 years ago.

“It’s hard in your heart,” said Duratti. “It’s getting really, really hard to go to the consumers – and you want them to be able to trust you – and you can’t even trust the health of the dogs you get,” she said.

Duratti hopes the 10 or so stores in Minnesota that still sell puppies will follow her lead by selling products, services, and hosting adoption events that will save the lives of homeless dogs, cats, sugar gliders, and other animals.

She said if you are concerned about your bottom line, don’t. The business has actually grown as they now partner with rescue workers instead of puppy mills that attract a lot of customers.

“We took a chance,” said Duratti. “The chance has paid off. We turned to the newspaper, we ran big ads to let everyone know that we are no longer selling puppies, that we are living humanely and that the future is salvation for us.”

So far, Minnesota cities of Roseville, Eden Prairie, St. Paul, Carver, and Cloquet have launched humane pet stores.

The Backes family grew up in Blaine and are hoping the city they love will be added to this list.

The question of whether city pet stores should be able to sell Blaine puppies is still a long way off. Currently, some city council members who are part of a workshop have simply agreed to speak about it at some point in the future. What happens after that is not yet known.

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