Just Puppies in Rockville is one of two pet stores accused of violating the state’s Puppy Mills Act, which prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens in retail stores
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A Rockville pet store is one of two charged with violating the state’s Puppy Mills Act, which prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens in retail stores.
Just Puppies, which has stores in Rockville and Towson, has alleged violating the law passed by lawmakers in 2018, according to a press release from Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office. The law came into force on January 1, 2020.
Representatives from Just Puppies were not immediately available for comment on Friday.
Just Puppies’ Rockville Store on Veirs Mill Road 2004 has been selling and selling dogs for 17 years, according to prosecution documents. The shops do not breed the dogs, but order them from breeders and arrange for them to be transported, the documents say.
Aside from a move to an appointment-only model in February 2020, Just Puppies has not made any changes to its business practices since the Puppy Mills Act came into force, according to documents.
Frosh said in a press release that the move to an appointment-only model “does not exempt stores from this law, which aims to restrict the procurement of animals from irresponsible breeders.”
Documents show that Just Puppies claims to work directly with their breeders, and in some cases for more than 10 years. But the attorney general claims the stores bought dogs through online exchanges.
The Attorney General’s complaint alleges that Just Puppies misled customers by telling them the company could legally sell dogs and that they did not tell customers that they were giving dogs to breeders they were seeing had no relationship.
The complaint also alleges that the Rockville site has been operating without a license to pet stores since September 2020.
According to the lawsuit, the Attorney General is seeking an injunction and fines. An administrative hearing is scheduled for September 13th.
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