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Bloomington Could Ban the Sale Of Dogs and Cats, Except From Shelters

Image of dogs at animal shelter

Rebecca Warren says shelters everywhere are extremely overcrowded and the commission's recommendation could be a step towards remedying that. (Seth Tackett, WFIU/WTIU News)

Some Bloomington commission members are recommending a ban on the sale of cats and dogs, except from a shelter or animal rescue. 

Rebecca Warren is the chair for the city’s Animal Control Commission. She says the Monday vote was meant to open a conversation about where animals for sale come from and their living conditions.

“This is one way to say for sure and for a fact we as a community don’t want animals that come from inhumane conditions of a puppy mill-type situation into our community," Warren says. 

Delilah’s Pet Shop owner Karene Kidwell says the commission’s recommendation is unfair to business owners like her.

“They need to address the people who are causing the problem," Kidwell says. "The people that are the mills are the ones that need to be addressed and taken out.” 

She says she doesn’t get animals from puppy mills and provides them with healthy living conditions. 

Their recommendation now moves to the mayor for review.

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