More Beach Towns Eye Dog and Cat Sales Bans

The cities of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Hallandale Beach, Fla., are each considering ordinances to ban the retail sales of cats and dogs.

By BowTie News Editors | Posted: April 16, 2012, 3 p.m. EST

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Shelters, rescue groups and humane societies would be unaffected by a ban on cat sales.
An ordinance prohibiting commercial establishments in Laguna Beach from selling cats and dogs will be formally introduced on April 17, 2012, with final action on the ordinance expected to take place May 1, 2012. If passed, the ordinance, prepared by city staff at the request of a councilmember, would take effect in 30 days.

The ordinance prohibits the sales of “puppies, dogs, kittens, or cats” by commercial dog and cat establishments and exempts licensed commercial dog and cat breeders, private owners “occasionally” breeding a litter of cats and dogs, the city animal shelter and licensed non-profit humane society and rescue organizations.

The ordinance also establishes a definition for “commercial animal rescue shops” that do not rely on commercial dog and cat breeders as a source for dogs or cats and that offer dogs and cats for a “non-profit adoption fee.” This definition was included in the ordinance to protect the “rescue efforts” of the one such facility already operating in the city.

Under the ordinance, commercial animal establishments would be allowed to provide space and care for animals owned by an animal control agency or nonprofit rescue group or humane society for the purpose of adopting those animals to the public.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Washington, D.C., has developed a flyer opposing the dog and cat sale ban bill because it limits people’s right and ability to acquire a pet and because it could put legitimate pet stores out of business and open up underground markets.

Meanwhile, the Hallandale Beach City Commission is set to hold its final vote on April 18, 2012, on a proposal to ban pet stores from selling or transferring dogs or cats unless those animals “were bred and reared on the premises.”

The proposal would allow dog and cat shelters and rescues, even if they operate “out of or in connection with a pet store,” to sell dogs and cats.

PIJAC has also prepared a flyer opposing this ordinance, which would go into effect immediately upon adoption.

“Discriminatory bans against the sale of animals by pet stores are poor public policy and are harmful to pets and pet owners,” PIJAC wrote in an alert to the pet industry. “Such bans do not benefit animals or the pet-owning public. In fact, pet bans drive legitimate retailers out of business and create an underground market for illegitimate sellers of pets who need not observe the extensive regulatory requirements to which pet stores are subject.”

These two proposals mirror those taken recently by other cities, including a dog and cat sale ban considered in Huntington Beach, Calif., and Brick Township, N.J. Editor’s Note: The proposed ordinance was temporarily tabled by the council at the March 13th meeting and will be sent to a subcommittee for further study, according to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.
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