If a pair of bills passes in Oklahoma, pet stores in the state will be allowed to sell dogs from puppy mills. At the present time, if Senate Bill 950 and House Bill 2149 go through, pet stores will have more leniency in the animals they can sell.
According to KFOR, Oklahoma’s News 4, “Under the proposed measure, pet stores could sell dogs that was obtained from an animal rescue, an animal shelter, a dog wholesaler or a qualified breeder.”
Pet stores would be prohibited from selling puppies under the age of eight weeks old, without a microchip, or without a certificate of veterinary inspection.
In response to this proposed bill, animal rescue organizations fear that the state’s overpopulation of pets will just increase.
One woman shared to Facebook, “Isn’t this going backwards…almost every state has bills trying to be past to stop them?!”
As of now, pet stores in Oklahoma may only offer the adoption of dogs through local agencies.