Indiana lawmakers are considering legislation that would stop Indiana municipalities from banning the retail sale of cats or dogs. Senate Bill 134 would stop local governments from enacting or enforcing a ban on retail pet sales, depending on which breeders they acquire the animals from. Opponents of the measure fear it will allow puppy mills to operate in the state. The bills also face backlash for being backed by Petland, the nation’s largest chain of pet stores, who lobbied on the bills’ behalf. The bill is moving on to the Senate for a second reading, where it could be amended.

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