Dallas City Council Unanimously Passes Human Pet Facility Ordinance


The Dallas City Council passed an ordinance on May 11 that helps animals. Called Humane Pet Store Ordinance, it stops the sale of puppies in Dallas pet stores. Dallas joins Houston, San Antonio and a growing list of cities in Texas that have enacted similar ordinances, which help end animal abuse by ranchers.

The order was recommended by the Dallas Animal Shelter (DAS), as well as groups such as the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), which works to promote better treatment of animals.

“Since January 2021, we have worked tirelessly to pass this ordinance to shut down the puppy mill pipeline to Dallas to prevent the shipment of hundreds of sick puppies from puppy mills outside of Dallas. state,” said Stacy Sutton Kerby, THLN’s Director of Government. Relations, in a press release. “Over the years, the THLN Helpline has consistently received complaints about Dallas retail stores selling sick or unhealthy puppies. We are very grateful to President Adam Bazaldua, Mayor Pro Team Chad West, the entire Quality of Life, Arts and Culture Committee, and City staff for their support and attention to such a vital issue for animal welfare right here in our community.”

Dallas now joins Austin, College Station, El Paso, Euless, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Sherman and Waco in cities that passed a similar ordinance.

“This order will support dozens of local humane-free pet stores in Dallas who do not sell puppies but rather adopt puppies who are in desperate need of loving families,” said Karen Froehlich, President and CEO of the Texas SPCA. . “Our shelter alone has more than 1,000 animals in our care today, and shelters across Texas are transporting thousands of adoptable dogs to other states due to overcapacity. Now is the time for Dallas to d enact this ordinance on human pet facilities – both for the animals and our community.

In Dallas, the ordinance affects only one store: Petland. No other pet chain sells puppies. Reputable pet stores – including PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Petco, Odyssey, The Upper Paw, Pet Supermarket and Uptown Pup – do not sell puppies or kittens.

In the weeks leading up to the May 11 meeting, outside companies flooded Dallas via online and traditional media with advertisements lobbying against the passage. And at the meeting, Petland enlisted both out-of-state breeders, including a creepy guy in his car calling from Missouri, as well as store employees for comment.

But the council approved the measure unanimously.

Dallas’ only Petland store is in District 13, represented by Gay Council Member Donnell Willis, who thanked Dallas Animal Services Director MeLissa Webber and said she herself adopted a kitten from DAS.

“While Dallas is a great place to do business, it’s also important to be mindful of trends and best practices,” Willis said. “And even with the passage of this ordinance, residents can adopt or rescue an animal from the shelter, or can still buy a puppy from a breeder. It’s only in retail stores. Nine other cities in Texas have had wisdom to ban the sale of puppies, and I hope Dallas will join them.”


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