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The Maryland Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, March 29, which will prohibit retail pet stores (defined as any “for profit establishment open to the public that sells or offers for sale domestic animals to be kept as pets”) from selling any dogs or cats.  Instead, they would only be allowed to “showcase” animals available for adoption from an animal welfare organization or animal control unit.

House Bill 1662 would remove current requirements that protect the health and welfare of dogs and enable consumers to know the health and background of the animal prior to sale.

Read AKC’s previous alert for more information and talking points.

Those who reside or sell dogs in Maryland are strongly encouraged to do the following:

For more information on this bill, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at