New Mexico County May Ban Pet Store Dog Sales

Proposed ordinance includes calls for adequate food and space requirements for kennels.

Posted: December 5, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Bernalillo County, N.M., could ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores at its Dec. 9 board of county commissioners meeting, when the commissioners will consider an animal control ordinance. Although the proposed ordinance does not currently ban cat and dog sales, the ban could be added as a floor amendment prior to the consideration of the proposed ordinance.

The proposed animal control ordinance sets forth, among other things, adequate food and space requirements for pet shops, groomers, kennels, breeder sites, and shelters.

The commissioners first broached a potential ban, which would also include a ban on sales of cats and dogs coming from “puppy mills” or “kitten mills,” at their November meeting.

The ordinance defines “pet shops” as “any premises, or part thereof, open to the public which engages in the purchase, sale, exchange or hire of animals of any type, except the term shall not apply to premises used exclusively for the sale of livestock.” No definition is provided for “puppy or kitten mills.”

Animal Control Director Becky Darrow said the county has received many calls and e-mails in response to the recommended bans, both for and against it. She said if the commissioners want to present the amendments again, they can do so at the Dec. 9 meeting when the animal control ordinance is up for adoption.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, N.M.


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Della   Madison Heights, VA

12/6/2008 7:36:53 AM

In our hometown. One of our pet stores decided on there own that puppies shouldn't grow up living in cages so they stopped selling puppies. They will help you locate a breeder if you are interested. All breeders should have limits to how many dogs they can use for breeding purposes. They should have to take some of there money and help out all the homeless dogs we have now. Sorry! Or at least have there pups spayed or neutered before they leave their homes.

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Rachel   South Lyon, MI

12/6/2008 6:20:39 AM

I love that they are trying to ban pet stores from selling dogs. Finally, maybe we can start putting an end to puppy and kitten mills. Some of you may not know what a puppy or kitten mill is. A puppy and kitten mills are horrible places that us dog lovers call mass-breeding facilities. All that happens to the dogs is they breed and breed and breed even if their really sick and tired. Lots of puppy mills own smaller dogs (to ship to the pet stores)But some own larger breeds like golden retrievers and labs. Dogs here are treated terribly and exposed to sharp edges. A few dogs are lucky to survive. So, if you want to see what your supporting if you vote "no" to banning pet stores from selling pets, then see what kind of terrible thing you are supporting go to www.stoppuppymills.org. Please vote "yes" to banning pet stores from selling pets.

From the paws of: a dog rescuer and lover

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Danielle   Bartlesville, OK

12/5/2008 8:41:06 PM

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Christy   At the vet clinic, MI

12/5/2008 3:24:54 PM

I think that if the ban passes it would be absolutely wonderful. We need that everywhere! Yes, M, there are some pet stores where the puppies are treated nicely, but where do those puppies come from??? Have you ever been to a puppy/ kitten mill? Besides the physical abuse those poor animals suffer, many people do not take into consideration the fact that people have no idea what kind of genes the puppies have. They don't know if the father was extremely aggressive, the mother overly shy, and the grandparents full of genetic diseases. Another fact is, that while there are many nice animal lovers out that just want to buy a puppy for the kids, the pet stores, by law, cannot say no to someone to stop them from buying a puppy, even if that person would eventually abuse and mistreat them. It is naive and irresponsible to think that everyone has the best intentions when buying a puppy. So when it comes to selling puppies, leave it to responsible breeders, who can be sure they are breeding healthy puppies in mind and body, and who will protect them from people who are unsuitable to own a dog. Go Bernalillo County animal lovers!

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