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ROCK SPRINGS  — The Rock Springs City Council considers a proposed puppy mill ordinance on third reading this week, criticized by some as unnecessary regulation on local businesses but supported by others as a way to prevent animals from being sold to pet stores.

Councilman Tim Savage said now would be the best time to enact the ordinance because there are currently no businesses to be impacted, “and it will prevent puppy mill supplied pet stores from setting up shops in Rock Springs.”

Melinda Baas with the Red Desert Humane Society said the organization is in favor of the ordinance because not only does it protect animals, but it would be a statement from the city that it cares about animals.

Councilman Jason Armstrong, however, said the ordinance “has some of the most wonderful intentions, but what it actually does in the codified section of the ordinance is regulate business.”

“People glance at the headlines and they don’t actually go into the proposed ordinance and read exactly what it does,” he said. “Let the free market decide rather than let government decide.”

Brief contributed by Wyoming News Exchange.

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