Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation yesterday that prevents cities from telling pet stores they can’t sell commercially bred animals. The new law that takes effect on Aug. 6 voids existing regulations in Phoenix and Tempe, which allow pet stores to sell only rescue and shelter dogs and cats. Those laws are partly designed to reduce the number of shelter animals that have to be euthanized.
The new law also overrides a similar ordinance in Tucson. That law is on hold, as it awaits a federal appellate court decision on the rights of cities to enact such rules. Ducey, with his signature, makes the outcome of that case legally irrelevant.