Dallas City Council to vote on ‘Humane Pet Store Ordinance’

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Soon residents may not be able to buy puppies or kittens from pet stores in Dallas. 

On May 11 the city council will vote on whether to pass the ‘Dallas Humane Pet Store Ordinance’. The ordinance would ban the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores.

Advocates of the proposed law, like the SPCA of Texas, say it will help cut off the pipeline from puppy mills to pet stores and will prevent the selling of potentially sick pets from out-of-state commercial breeding facilities .

“It is really important that, when people walk into a pet store or a shelter or wherever they’re going, and their goal is to bring home a new furry family member, you want to make sure that the puppy is healthy” said Stacy Sutton Kerby, the director of government relations at the Texas Humane Legislation Network.  

Petland is the only pet store in the city of Dallas that sells puppies and kittens. Store officials say if the law passes, the store would be forced to close and lay off dozens of employees.

“He visits his breeder and gets to see where the puppies are coming from so, he has that level of confidence,” Elizabeth Kunzelman, Petland’s VP of Legislative and Public Affairs said. “He’s had the store for 13 years. He has an A+ BBB rating, and I think that speaks volumes as to the quality of service that he provides.”  

A Petland spokesperson says they’re careful and only buy from USDA-licensed breeders who have had no violations in the past two years, and they provide a warranty for customers to cover treatment for infections or hereditary issues. 

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