"Puppy Mill Bill" headed for legislative session

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- New legislation in the works is targeting puppy mills, and how animals are treated in Colorado.

Senate committees are working on a bill that would create the Humane Pet Act.

If passed, it would establish standards for the care and treatment of dogs and cats by breeders, and also stop the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores and public places.

The bill would also stop animal rescues from buying animals from breeders, becoming non-profits, and then selling the animals for profit.

Local shelter Roice Hurst will not be impacted by this.

"Shelters are exempt from the ban within this legislation that prohibits the sale of animals in public places. So that would have been a concern for us, not being able to have our public adoption events…but shelters and rescues have been specifically exempt from this," said Executive Director, Anna Stout.

California, Maryland and Maine have already passed similar legislation, as well as several Colorado cities.

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