EDISON - Several pet shops in New Jersey have been cited for failing to comply with laws designed to protect consumers from buying unhealthy pets.

State consumer affairs officials say the violations include a failure to label dogs and cats' cages with each animal's breeding history, medical background and other required information.

All the shops were cited for failing to include information on cage labels for each animal, including where and when it was bred. They also didn't note the names and addresses of those who brokered the sale between breeder and pet store or the date and names of veterinarians who performed the animal's initial medical exam.

The violation notices direct the shops to comply with the laws and pay a reduced civil penalty. Shops that don't address the notices or contest the violations could face higher civil penalties.