Dallas is considering banning the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores.
Supporters say many of the animals sold in pet stores come from inhumane puppy mills and the change would create cruelty-free pet stores.
The people who run Petland in Dallas oppose such a ban.
It’s easy to fall in love with the puppies sold at this North Dallas store.
It happened to client Landon Hardwick.
“We went to three different shelters, we couldn’t find what we were looking for. But as soon as we got to Petland we fell in love with this little guy here, ”said Hardwick.
He bought a 9 week old Cockapoo in Petland.
“I love this place. I don’t think it should be closed,” he said.
A Dallas City Council briefing presented by the Humane Society of the United States on Monday said a pipeline of puppy mills was supplying baby animals sold in pet stores.
He said 400 U.S. cities, including nine in Texas, including Fort Worth, have banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.
Manager Dominique Connor said the goal of the Dallas Petland store is to meet the needs of customers and make them feel good about their purchases.
“We’re doing it the right way and we’re proud to do it that way. We’ve been here for 13 years, ”she said.
Odyssey Pets in North Dallas does not sell puppies or kittens.
“There are a lot of dogs available for adoption, that’s what we’re promoting. We are not anti-purebred dogs. We’re just anti-puppy mill, ”Odyssey owner Mike Doan said.
Her store has a wild cat on display for adoption in the storefront. He supports the ban on the sale of puppies and kittens to fight against the breeding of puppy mills.
“You can’t do this on a large scale ethically and feel good about what you’re doing because they literally pile dogs in little crates on top of each other,” Doan said.
Dominique Connor said the Petland puppies are from good breeders and buyers get some basic information about the dogs.
“We have premises, we have some who are not local. The most important and the most important thing is that they are the best of the best, ”she said.
The Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee heard the briefing but took no action. The matter will be sent to the Dallas Animal Shelter Advisory Board for review ahead of a final city council vote on the ban that is slated for February.