Dallas, TX

Dallas bans pet store puppy and kitten sales

B.R. Shenoy

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"Since January 2021, we have been working tirelessly to pass this ordinance to close the puppy mill pipeline to Dallas to stop hundreds of sick puppies from being shipped from out-of-state puppy mills," Stacy Sutton Kerby of the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) stated in a release about the ordinance. 
"This ordinance will support dozens of local humane pet stores in Dallas that do not sell puppies but rather adopt puppies who desperately need loving families," stated Karen Froehlich, with the SPCA of Texas.

It is always better to adopt a shelter animal in need of a home rather than supporting pet stores, which often get their animals from unethical breeding operations. 

The public outcry against pet stores has grown to where local governments take action against them.

Pet stores in Dallas,Texas, will soon be unable to sell dogs or cats due to a new ordinance eliminating a market for commercial breeding operations like puppy mills per People.

According to animal rights activists, this would reduce so-called "cruel breeding practices." According to supporters, the ordinance also encourages stores to collaborate with animal rescues and shelters to offer pets for adoption.

However, local pet store owners and the American Kennel Club have expressed their displeasure.The American Kennel Club claims that the ordinance will restrict pet choice and consumer protections for families looking for a dog that fits their needs and lifestyle.

The ordinance will be implemented in November. 

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are currently 400 cities in the United States with similar ordinances prohibiting the sale of kittens and puppies. Other Texas cities that have enacted similar bans include Fort Worth, Euless, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, and Waco. 

Kudos to Dallas for becoming the most recent city to prohibit the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores. This is a crucial step in ending puppy mills and encouraging people to adopt from shelters.

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