Pets stores in a Georgia city are banned from selling cats and dogs.
Local news reports say that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an ordinance into law on Tuesday that discourages the operation of puppy and kitten mills.
These pet mills are sometimes accused of keeping the animals in inhumane conditions.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that Atlanta is the ninth Georgia city to pass such a policy.
Pet stores within the city can house and place cats and dogs up for adoption that are older than eight weeks and owned by a rescue care facility.
People can also buy cats and dogs from local breeders; however, opponents of the new ordinance say it punishes regulated breeders and limits the freedom of consumer choice.