On Thursday, May 1st at 9:30 a.m. the Public Safety Committee of the Common Council will hear my proposal that would preclude pet stores from selling dogs, cats or rabbits. Anyone wishing to testify on this matter can come to City Hall and go to room 301-B. There are three reasons behind this legislation: First, this will help reduce cruelty to animals. Second, this will help advance consumer protection efforts. And lastly, this will help save taxpayer money.
From an anticruelty to animals perspective, pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills are environments that are profit driven and thereby driven at the expense of the welfare of these animals. These animals are often times kept in cages not much bigger than themselves and are poorly cared for. Because they are poorly cared for and sometimes inbreed these animals are sold to pet stores with a variety of health related problems.
These problems segue into consumer protection because once the owners find out their pets start developing health issues they often times turn them over to the Humane Society and similar organizations. These organizations are over flooded and wind up putting to sleep millions of animals. This segues into saving taxpayer money. That is, with this proposed legislation there will be less of a need for services from MADACC and other government agencies.
If this legislation is approved people can purchase their pets from the Humane Society or other rescue types of centers. These centers are not profit driven, they are driven by the welfare of the animals. So these animals are more humanely treated. Additionally, if an animal has a health issue that will be shared with the prospective owner. The purchase price will be significantly less. Once more people start purchasing these animals from shelters there will be fewer animals that will be put to sleep.
It should be noted that people can still purchase pets from reputable breeders.
Over 50 communities in the country have already passed similar legislation including Los Angeles and Chicago. This item will be scheduled to be heard before the City’s Public Safety Committee on May 1st sometime around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
On a related note. Our tentative grand opening for the Bay View Dog Park on Bay and Lincoln will be May 8th at 4:00 p.m.