California Town Bans Retail Dog, Cat Sales

Irvine, Calif., city council yesterday approved an ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs and cats.

By Brian Hutchins | Posted: October, 12, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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A California city council voted to ban dog and cat retail sales.
The Irvine, Calif., city council on Tuesday approve a proposed ordinance that will ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in the city by a margin of 4-to-1.

The vote came after 53 speakers, fairly closely divided between supporters and opponents, participated in a public hearing. The bill will also ban rodeos and circuses with large animals, such as elephants and tigers, from taking place in the city.

Only one pet store, Russo’s Pet Experience, currently sells cats or dogs in the story and its landlord, the Irvine Co., announced in July that it would no longer lease space to tenants that sold dogs or cats. The company, the city’s largest retail property owner, said it would honor Russo’s lease, which expires in October 2012. The ordinance will allow Russo’s to sell dogs and cats until that time.

The ordinance will allow pet stores to “adopt” animals from rescue organizations and shelters and “split” the proceeds from adoption fees or to charge space/boarding fees to the organization for housing their animals.

Because of the Irvine Co.’s action, the measure was largely symbolic.

Irvine considered the retail ban to eliminate sales of dogs and cats purchased by retailers from commercial mass breeding facilities and to discourage impulse purchases of dogs and cats, according to Jana Ransom, community services manager for the city.

Peter Weinstein, DVM, executive director of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, testified against the measure, urging the city to take an education approach to the issue, like it did with mandatory spay-neuter, rather than a regulatory approach.

An earlier provision that would have mandated that strays older than 6 months be spayed or neutered after being picked up by animal control for the third time was dropped in favor of an education campaign encourages spaying and neutering as part of responsible pet ownership.

The dog and cat spay/neuter mandate would have affected fewer than five dogs per year, according to the city.
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Claire    Port Washington, NY

11/10/2011 1:30:43 PM

I'm not happy with this.

ruby    susanville, CA

10/16/2011 10:53:22 AM

That's stupid, so what? I would have to go out of town/county so I could get a pet? That's bs.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/13/2011 11:58:45 PM

Not good.

aa    hollister, CA

10/12/2011 9:24:29 PM


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