Last October, Montgomery County Council President, George Leventhal introduced legislation, Bill 50-14, which would ban pet stores from selling puppies or kittens bred in large-scale commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a puppy mill is a "large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs." The bill does not preclude sales of dogs or cats from animal care facilities or nonprofit rescue organizations.
Even though there are no stores currently selling in violation of this law, the hope is to prevent any future stores from establishing themselves in the county. The matter will be finally decided, after months of discussion and debate, on March 3.