Dallas bans pet stores from selling dogs and cats

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Soon pet stores in Dallas, Texas will no longer be able to sell dogs or cats due to a new ordinance introduced to crack down on puppy mills.

The Dallas City Council committee on Wednesday passed the Dallas Humane Pet Store Ordinance, which bans the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores and encourages stores to work with animal shelters and shelters to offer pets to adoption.

“Since January 2021, we have worked tirelessly to pass this ordinance to shut down the puppy mill pipeline to Dallas to prevent the shipment of hundreds of sick puppies from puppy mills outside of Dallas. state,” said Stacy Sutton Kerby of the Texas Humane Legislation Network. (THLN) said in a statement about the order.

“Over the years, the THLN Helpline has consistently received complaints about Dallas retail stores selling sick or unhealthy puppies,” she continued. “We are very grateful to President Adam Bazaldua, Mayor Pro Team Chad West, the entire Quality of Life, Arts and Culture Committee and City staff for their support and attention to an issue. so vital to animal welfare right here in our community.”

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The ordinance will come into force in November. Fort Worth, Euless, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso and Waco are other cities in Texas that have already introduced similar bans.

“This order will support dozens of local humane-free pet stores in Dallas that do not sell puppies but rather adopt puppies in desperate need of loving families,” Texas SPCA President Karen Froehlich said in a statement. “Our shelter alone has over 1,000 animals in our care today, and shelters across Texas are transporting thousands of adoptable dogs to other states due to overcapacity. Now is the time for Dallas to ‘adopt this Humane Pet Stores Ordinance – both for animals and our community.’

Dallas isn’t the only city taking an interest in pet issues. The New York City Sanitation Department recently announced plans for tougher enforcement of the “Curb Your Dog” law, which fines dog owners who don’t clean up their pet’s poop in public areas. city ​​streets, parks and sidewalks.

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