JERSEY CITY, NJ--(Marketwired - Sep 28, 2015) - One New Jersey County is working hard to protect the dogs and cats abused by breeding mills and sold for profit to pet stores.

Camden County officials met September 17th to pass "Norman's Law." The ordinance will prohibit pet stores in Camden County from selling animals that were bought from "large scale, commercial breeding facilities" -- widely known as puppy mills and kitten mills. Pet stores will have to obtain their animals from shelters or animal rescue organizations.

"It's a breath of fresh air," says Mike Stigliano, owner of Jersey City Unleashed Pet Resort and Spa. "Not only are puppy mills cruel, but many times people who buy a seemingly healthy pup end up facing health issues leading to incredible medical expenses and undue heartbreak."

According to The Humane Society of the United States, it is estimated that 10,000 puppy mills produce more than 2.4 million puppies a year and that most pet shop dogs and cats come from puppy and kitten mills.

The county officials hope to "protect the citizens of the County who may purchase cats or dogs from a pet shop or other business establishment, help prevent inhuman breeding conditions, promote community awareness of animal welfare, and foster a more human environment in the County."

Taxpayers will also benefit. The county shelter currently is forced to euthanize 1,500 animals annually. As pet stores begin to sell more dogs and cats from shelters, the county shelter can cut down on these procedures -- saving animal lives and tax payer dollars.

More than 80 localities nationwide have enacted similar pieces of legislature and the trend is expected to continue.

About Jersey City Unleashed Pet Resort & Spa

Jersey City Unleashed hosts largest play space of any pet hotel and daycare in the New York City area. Dogs and cats can roam and run throughout over half an acre of play room that includes a pool and luxury pet suites. Owners can watch their pets from work, abroad, or on-the-go with Jersey City Unleashed's HD Pet Cams. The pet hotel and day care also offers spa and grooming for your pet, as well as a pet taxi for easy commuting.

For more information visit or call 201-786-7900

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