Order would ban Carmel pet stores from selling cats and dogs

Councilman Adam Aasen said the proposal would make Carmel the largest city in the state to have such an ordinance.

CARMEL, Ind. –Carmel Councilman Adam Aasen is proposing an ordinance prohibiting pet stores from selling cats or dogs within the city limits of Carmel.

Aasen said the proposal would make Carmel the largest city in the state to have such an ordinance.

Pet stores could always work with animal welfare or rescue organizations to show adoptable cats and dogs.

Aasen wants to prevent stores from buying animals from unlicensed puppy mills.

“The Carmel City Council has already banned puppy mills from operating within our city limits and we have already banned pet stores from sourcing animals from puppy mills,” Aasen said. “This simple change takes the next step to protecting animals and deterring abuse and mistreatment. This law would actually be easier for our city to enforce because we wouldn’t have to research where the animals came from, which can often be out of state.”

No pet stores in Carmel currently sell cats or dogs, so no existing business would have to change their practices.

“These stores exist at the borders of our city in neighboring municipalities, and so this fear is not unfounded,” Aasen said. “By making this change, we can prevent a problem before it happens.”

Fines could be up to $2,500 per violation. Multiple violations could lead to the city of Carmel seeking an injunction to shut down the business.

Other communities with similar ordinances include Bloomington and Columbus.

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