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Freeholders adopt resolution supporting restricting sale of “Puppy Mill” pets

The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted unanimously to adopt on a resolution at their meeting last night that supports the restriction of selling dogs and cats from large scale commercial breeding facilities – those known as "puppy mills" – and encourages all 24 municipalities in the county to adopt and enforce ordinances in their towns to accomplish the same.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Passing this resolution is a big step forward in sending the message that inhumane breeding conditions will not be tolerated here. This helps promote community awareness of animal welfare and foster a more humane environment for animals that need homes."

Freeholder Dan Christy, Liaison to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter said, "Animal cruelty is a problem across the entire country, and Gloucester County is proud to be a part of the solution by standing up against the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills."

Christy said, "We are proud to support the eleven municipalities that have already passed ordinances against the sale of puppies from puppy mills, and encourage all of our towns to join them."

To date Westville, Glassboro, Clayton, Greenwich, Mantua, West Deptford, Pitman, Swedesboro, Deptford, Woodbury Heights and Washington Township have adopted ordinances against the sale of animals from puppy mills.

The Freeholders thanked the members of the New Jersey Humane Society and animal advocate Alan Braslow for their support in the county-wide effort to restrict the retail sale of puppies and kittens to only those that are sourced from shelters or rescue organizations.

In photo:  From left to right standing: Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila, Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Taylor Veigel, Miss South Jersey Outstanding Teen, Freeholder Dan Christy, Alan Braslow, Nancy Bonsall, Brian Hackett, New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco.

From left to right sitting: Anne Hastings, Washington Township, Maureen Koplow, Deptford and Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger