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What should I do if animals are being abused in my local pet store?

There are few federal laws that regulate the sale of animals in pet stores, but stores must adhere to state and local laws. You can obtain a copy of local laws by doing an Internet search (these laws can be found at, while codes for particular cities are available at, and all should be available at your local library) to help guide you in identifying possible violations at a pet store in your area.

For help in knowing what to look for and where to report possible violations, please visit “Pet Shops: No Bargain for Animals.”