Breaking: Washington bans the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet shops

By on April 16, 2021 with 18 Comments

Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Humane Pet Sales Bill, making Washington state the fourth in the nation to prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. Washington joins California, Maryland, Maine and over 380 localities across the country in taking a strong stand against cruel puppy mills and their pet store sales outlets.

The Humane Pet Sales Bill, HB 1424, has been a priority for us, as it prohibits any additional pet stores from selling puppies, and will prevent some bad out-of-state actors who were looking to expand to Washington from doing so. Plus, with only a handful of stores in the state selling puppies, the pet store industry moving towards a products and services-based model and the public by and large obtaining pets through other channels, the writing is on the wall for stores to move away from puppy sales.

With a strong coalition of animal welfare organizations, humane pet stores, responsible breeders, veterinarians, compassionate lawmakers and others, we are working on several similar pet stores bills and ordinances across the nation. Just this week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed two bills on the topic: a prohibition on the sale of commercially raised dogs and cats in all pet stores and a ban on the financing of companion animal purchases. These bills now head to the Illinois Senate.

The HSUS applauds Governor Inslee, state Rep. Amy Walen (who sponsored HB 1424), and the bipartisan majority of Washington lawmakers who voted for the measure, bringing us one step closer to the day when puppy mills have nowhere left to sell.

Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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  1. Jeane Camargo da Silva says:

    Parabéns pela medida!

  2. florencia says:

    Doesn’t the bill just limit the sales to current stores, calling it an outright ban seems like an over positive descriptor of the bill.

  3. Carol Masella says:

    What ever you want regarding the protection of animal rights and welfare is what I totally believe. U are so caring and knowledgeable about animals
    May your success be in quest

  4. Alan Alejandro Maldonado Ortiz says:

    Gracias a Dios esto ya no podemos permitir esto se tiene que aplicar en todo el mundo ya no más abusos haces los animalitos y a todos los seres vivos

  5. Tina says:

    Puppy Mills must END!

  6. Ewa Urbanski says:


  7. Jeannette says:

    Good I wish most places will put a law against it

  8. Melissa Flannery says:

    I have been reading about a poor mother silky terrier who is constantly pregnant & lives in a cage, this poor mother dose not know how it feels to run on grass & play or have any affection, thank god she was rescued before she got old & got put down, We need to stop this barbaric behaviour.

  9. Sharla Ensle says:


  10. says:

    Ban puppy mills!

  11. Susanne Coyle says:

    Thank you. You have done the best thing possible in your life. Now retire, go have fun!!! 😊 Nothing will top this.

  12. Al says:

    Thank you

  13. Richard Hall says:

    The headline for this article is completely false. HB 1424 only prevents stores that are not established yet in Washington from entering the state and offering dogs for sale. The bill lacks clarity: Can stores that are now selling puppies in Washington legally expand to additional locations in state? The bill contains NO enforcement provisions. All of the proper elements of the original bill were stripped away by one state legislator who threatened to kill the bill if any of those elements were restored during the legislative process.

    • Blog Editor says:

      With Washington currently only having a handful of puppy-selling pet stores and out-of-state bad actors looking to expand into Washington, preventing additional pet stores from opening in the state is a significant advancement. While important provisions were struck from the bill that was introduced, we believe the bill is still enforceable because the section of the existing code it amends has enforcement mechanisms. Please email with any questions.

  14. Kathy says:

    Pet stores should only be aloud to adopt out cats and dogs that are obtained from a shelter or rescue. When I moved to Washington state I was a shocked to see a store called Puppyland. I think California has the right idea.

    • postiecat says:

      I totally am with you. I thought Washington was like California. Well, hopefully this is a start to get all of them closed here. Very sad.

  15. Lisa Markham says:

    I wish more was being done about this problem and being done faster. Every day an animal suffers in this way is one more day to many. A civilized society does not allow such atrocities to take place. Please get involved and do more. We euthanize hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats every year in America, the thought of it sickens me. We need a complete outlaw on the breeding of dogs and cats.

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