New Mexico City May Ban Dog, Cat Sales

Meeting today will consider overhauling pet business laws, including those surrounding sterilization.

Posted: August 25, 2010, 3 a.m. EDT

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Cat sales in pet stores could become forbidden.

The Rio Rancho, N.M., City Council plans to consider an extensive overhaul of its ordinances governing pet businesses and animal facilities on Wednesday, August 25, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council reported. Click here for complete text of the proposal.

Among other changes, the city, which bills itself as New Mexico’s fastest-growing with a population of slightly more than 50,000 people, will consider banning the commercial trade of cats and dogs by pet stores.

The city council may consider a “grandfather” provision to the ordinance that would allow pet stores currently selling dogs and cats to continue selling them. The consideration follows discussions on the same subject in El Paso.

A task force that created the ordinance rationalized the sales ban by stating it is difficult to determine the origin of dogs and cats sold by pet stores, pet store dogs and cats often have behavioral and health issues related to their breeding, that pet stores offer inadequate socialization, that pet stores harbor parasites and diseases that place the animals and the public at risk, that pet stores fail to disclose health disorders, and that selling dogs and cats at pet stores leads to pet overpopulation.

The overhaul also proposes that professional pet businesses, including boarding kennels, grooming parlors and services, pet aquatic facilities, pet day care services, pet sitting services, pet stores and training facilities obtain both business registrations from the city and a professional animal permit from the city’s police department.

The proposal bans commercial breeding kennels from operating within city limits.

In addition, the overhaul would create standards for grooming and boarding businesses, mandate most cats and dogs be spayed and neutered by 6 months of age, and require microchipping of all cats and dogs.


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Matt    Denver, CO

8/27/2010 7:07:03 PM

Well if it improves cat long as pet rescues that "sell" cats are still fine. I love kitties!!

Pat    Omaha, NE

8/27/2010 5:34:15 AM

Wow, I didn't know pet stores had such problems, good to know.

Anon    City, CA

8/26/2010 7:38:57 PM


Tinna    Philadelphia, PA

8/25/2010 7:32:28 PM

I just hope this does become a law:)

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