FAIRFIELD - A public hearing was held Wednesday evening to explore whether the state should limit the locations from which pet stores can purchase dogs and cats to be sold to the public.

The meeting took place in conjunction with legislation aimed at regulating puppy mills. Connecticut General Assembly Rep. Brenda Kupchick sponsored a related amendment over the summer, adding that she wants to make sure animals sold within the state are from local breeders or area shelters.

Kupchick says many dogs and cats are mass-produced under inhumane conditions.

However, store owners say they already follow federal guidelines and that they do not need additional regulations.

Lawmakers will decide whether to vote on banning puppy mills once they conclude their study on the matter.