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Northwest Indiana towns pass policies aimed at puppy mills

Nacho, a 5 yr old Shih Tzu, settles into his cage after being rescued from a puppy mill. (Colin McConnell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

DYER, Ind. (AP) — Communities across Northwest Indiana are considering humane pet store policies that ban the sale of pets raised at puppy and kitten mills.

The towns of Dyer and Highland passed similar ordinances recently which at their core prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies.

They’re among the first municipalities in Indiana to have a humane pet store ordinance on the books, joining the city of Columbus and St. Joseph County.

Samantha Morton, Indiana state director for The Humane Society of the United States, says the local ordinances are spurred by new legislation in Illinois that was signed into law in August.

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