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Federal judge upholds Maryland’s ban on retail dog sales (access required)

Hollander cites state's interest in curtailing 'puppy mills'

Maryland’s ban on retail pet stores selling dogs while allowing nonprofit canine rescue shelters to continue with sales does not violate the constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law, a federal judge ruled Friday in a victory for the state in what officials describe as a fight against abusive “puppy mills.” U.S. District Judge Ellen ...