Har Mar Pet Store in Roseville has closed after years complaints about poor treatment of animals.
Concern about conditions at the store led the Roseville city council to enact the first humane pet store ordinance in Minnesota earlier this year. Animal Humane Society worked closely with Animal Folks MN, the Humane Society of the United States, and countless concerned residents to advocate for the ordinance, which made Roseville the first city in Minnesota to ban the sale of cats and dogs acquired from commercial breeders.
The Roseville city council was spurred to act after a 2016 inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found animals inside Har Mar Pet Store suffering from a variety of distressing conditions as a result of inadequate care. In addition, the store had purchased puppies from various dog breeders and brokers that have been cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
The Roseville ordinance prohibits pet stores from selling dogs and cats acquired from commercial breeding facilities while allowing the stores to host adoption events with animal shelters and rescues. More than 220 jurisdictions throughout the nation have recognized the need to address the problem of selling dogs and cats through pet stores that have been obtained from puppy and kitten mills.