Keep Sick Pets Out of Overcrowded Animal Shelters

Puppy Mill

Target: New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto

Goal: Require commercial pet sellers to reimburse consumers for veterinary bills after a sick animal is purchased

The majority of companion animals being sold in New Jersey pet stores come from unregulated kitten and puppy mills where disease runs rampant due to deplorable living conditions and inhumane breeding practices. Consumers who unknowingly purchase a sick animal from a pet store often surrender them to overcrowded animal shelters when vet bills become too high.

New Jersey legislators have proposed a bill that would require commercial pet sellers to offer a “warranty period” for animals they sell, meaning consumers would have the right to recover veterinary fees if their animal is sick. Sadly, many of the animals bred at kitten and puppy mills are born with hereditary or congenital conditions due to poor breeding practices. Those who aren’t often become sick as a result of unhygienic living conditions at the mills.

By forcing commercial pet sellers who are supplied by these inhumane facilities to compensate consumers, many of these sick animals will stay with their new owners rather than be surrendered to overcrowded animal shelters. Further, this measure would likely discourage many pet stores from continuing to get their animals from these inhumane suppliers, which could lead to the end of cruel kitten and puppy mills in New Jersey. Help keep sick pets out of animal shelters by urging government representatives to support Senate Bill 1870.


Dear Mr. Prieto,

Sadly, most pet stores in New Jersey get their animals from inhumane breeding facilities like kitten and puppy mills. As a result of horrendous living conditions and poor breeding practices, many of these animals are born with congenital or hereditary diseases or become sick at a young age. This leads to consumers unknowingly buying sick animals, with many of those animals ending up in overcrowded animal shelters when veterinary bills become too high.

Thankfully, New Jersey legislators have proposed a new measure that would mandate commercial pet sellers to provide a warranty period for the animals they sell, giving consumers the right to recover veterinary fees if they purchased a sick animal. This compassionate bill would keep many sick animals out of overcrowded, taxpayer-funded animal shelters and would also discourage pet stores from using inhumane facilities as suppliers.

I urge you to protect pets and consumers alike by supporting Senate Bill 1870.


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