The Dallas City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.
Dallas is the latest major city in Texas to adopt such regulations, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Five states and more than 400 localities have adopted similar measures, said John Goodwin of the Humane Society. Residents and animal welfare organizations brought the Humane Pet Store ordinance to Dallas about five months ago.
Proponents say this type of ban reduces support for puppy mills – places that breed females at every opportunity and keep dogs in dirty little pens, then drive them through cramped quarters to stores.
They also say it would protect customers from the emotional and financial cost of spending thousands of dollars on sick dogs sold at inflated prices, and instead drive future pet owners to rescue groups, small-scale breeders and animal shelters that are often full. beyond capacity.
But a Petland franchise in North Dallas — the city’s only dog-selling store — would be forced to close, according to Elizabeth Kunzelman, vice president of legislative and public affairs at Petland. Puppies account for more than three-quarters of owner Jay Suk’s sales, she said.