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On November 13, a bill was signed into law in Atlanta that bans pet stores from selling dogs and cats to customers.

According to AJC, the law is intended as a preventative measure—as officials weren’t aware of any pet stores selling dogs and cats in the city.

“I thought it was best if the city was forward thinking and humane in its policies, alongside our policies for people,” Atlanta City Councilman Amir Farokhi tells the outlet. “It seemed like a simple thing to do that would help our agencies.”

Farokhi proposed the bill last month after adopting a rescue dog named Roxie from Rescue Me Georgia in Dunwoody, Georgia last October.

The ordinance still allows for people to buy from “mom and pop” breeders and for buying pets from stores outside city limits. However, if any pet stores violate the new legislation, they’ll be fined $500.

Atlanta is the ninth Georgia city to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.

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