A resolution, sponsored by Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley, that will encourage municipalities to adopt ordinances restricting the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores unless they obtain such dogs or cats from animal shelters or rescue organizations, was passed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on January 21, 2016. Monmouth County is the third county to pass such a resolution following Camden and Mercer Counties. Ocean County just passed a similar Resolution on February 3rd, 2016.
Puppy Mills continue to breed pets with healthy and/or behavioral issues which are then sold by pet stores to customers. These puppy mills are usually large-scale, inhumane, commercial breeding facilities that emphasize profit over the welfare of the animal. Consumers often, unwittingly, purchase a sick pet resulting in heartache and financial hardship. Pets may be obtained from reputable hobby breeders or from local shelters or rescue organizations.
“The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders for passing this important resolution,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “In doing so, Monmouth County took a strong stand against the cruel puppy mill industry, while promoting responsible breeders and pet adoption.”
“On behalf of Friends of Animals United New Jersey (FAUN-NJ), I would like to thank the freeholders for their dedication to making Monmouth County an animal friendly community. We would especially like to thank Freeholder Curley for his unwavering support of this resolution” said Janice Fisher, Puppy Mill Awareness Campaign Coordinator for FAUN-NJ. On behalf of the Monmouth County SPCA, we thank you John Curley and fellow freeholders, for this is a huge step for animal welfare in Monmouth County.