MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Freeholders recently adopted a resolution (nonbinding) which encourages municipalities to take immediate steps to ban the sale of dogs and cats that come from commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills and kitten mills. Large scale breeding operations, known as puppy mills, are condemned by numerous animal advocacy groups, including the Humane Society, ASPCA, CAPS (Companion Animal Protection Society) and Best Friends Animal Society as well as local groups such as Friends of Animals United, New Jersey Residents Against Puppy Mills.

Because efficiency and profits are maximized over costs in breeding facilities, animals often receive minimal care. They are bred continuously with minimal veterinary care, little or no exercise or socialization, and often under appalling conditions. The puppies thus carelessly produced are prone to a variety of physical ills and congenital conditions, as well as behavioral issues resulting from premature separation from the mother.

Unsuspecting buyers find themselves saddled with veterinary bills for the new family member they have now bonded with. Shelters also are the ultimate repository for a number of these dogs, resulting in costs to taxpayers. Small, responsible breeders and rescues, municipal and private, continue to be very good sources for families who desire a healthy canine companion.

Randolph is the only Morris County town which currently has an ordinance banning retail sale of dogs and cats.  NJ leads the country with a total of more than 60 ordinances restricting sales of puppy mill dogs. The resolution just passed by the Freeholders is expected to increase local interest in legislative action that would restrict puppy mill sales. Nationwide (including Canada) there are more than 175 jurisdictions which ban retail sale of dogs.