Austin Considers Ban on Pet Sales in Pet Stores

Proposed law may eliminate dog and cat sales outside of breeding location.

Posted: December 16, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Austin Considers Ban on Pet Sales in Pet StoresThe city council in Austin, Texas, is scheduled to hear on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, an ordinance that seeks to ban the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores.

As drafted, the proposed ordinance would prohibit the sale of dogs or cats at a location other than where the animals were bred. This would effectively ban sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. An exemption is provided for the city’s animal shelter and nonprofit animal welfare organizations.

The ordinance would also change the definition of a “pet trader.” Under current law, a pet trader is defined as someone who “exchanges for consideration” more than 15 dogs and/or cats in a year. The proposal would eliminate the 15-animal threshold to include all dogs and cats, regardless of age.

In addition, the proposed ordinance would mandate that pet traders provide microchipping and sterilization information, if applicable, to the buyer. Pet traders do not have to pay an animal processing fee if they sell or otherwise exchange a spayed or neutered cat or dog.

Violators would be subject to a $200 fine per animal. For more information on the proposal, click here.


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debi   Dripping Springs, TX

12/17/2010 6:54:25 AM

You need to read the ordinance to see that has some aspects that will have unintended consequesces. What is not in your article is the part where this includes banning a pet owner from asking for a fee to re-home their own pet, if necessary. So now that same person will dump that animal on a shelter. The shelters are already overwhelmed. To be exempt you must be a registered 501(c). I personally over my lifetime have re-homed many dogs and most have been for a fee. My reason for a fee was to discourage those that could not be financially responsible for their pet. I would not be able to find an abandoned dog and re-home it myself for a fee if I were in the city of Austin.

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now?
This may have been good intentioned but like most "feel good laws" it will punish the good hearted,the responsible breeders and the puppy mills
equally.
Oh, and thank you Austin for pushing all the folks that want to abandon their dogs out to the rural areas.

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karen   little rock, AR

12/17/2010 6:40:31 AM

I agree with Josie

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

12/16/2010 11:58:27 PM

Too many laws.

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Josie   L.A, CA

12/16/2010 4:59:11 PM

YAY! This is absolutely WONDERFUL news for the safety of dogs and cats! TAKE THAT PUPPY MILLS!

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