The city’s draft ordinance would ban the sale of breeders’ dogs in pet stores

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San Antonio – A proposed city ordinance would impose new restrictions on the sale of cats and dogs at pet stores in San Antonio, prohibiting them from selling dogs acquired from breeders.

The ordinance, which city council passes on Oct. 29, would only allow pet stores in city limits to sell cats and dogs obtained through animal rescue organizations, animal shelters in the city ​​or county or animal control agencies.

The minimum penalty for first-time pet sales infractions would also increase from $ 100 to $ 500.

Supporters see it as a way of fending off large commercial dog breeding companies, often referred to as “puppy mills.”

As city ordinances prevent large-scale breeding operations from occurring within city limits, Katie Jarl, regional director of the Humane Society of the United States, says puppies from these types of businesses are growing. still found in pet stores in San Antonio.

“These animals are born in cruel and unsanitary conditions, taken from their mothers too early and put on trucks to be shipped to San Antonio from states like Iowa and Missouri,” Jarl said.

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Once here, dogs can fetch a high price due to the demand for their breeds.

Royal Pet Palace owner Jessica Loven said the market for a puppy is currently “around $ 2,500 to $ 3,000”.

Loven obtains his dogs, which come from several states, through brokers and breeders. She has, however, defended the quality of the breeders she uses and has rejected the possibility of changing her business model to adapt to new dog supply requirements.

Instead, she plans to relocate, whether it’s to a brand new location or just somewhere just outside of the city limits.

“So it’s not necessarily going to get rid of us, but it’s just going to move us outside the city limits,” Loven said.

ACS director Heber Lefgren said the city was not opposed to “humane” breeding practices.

Breeders will continue to breed, “Lefgren said,” but they must follow humane breeding practices and obtain the vendor’s license and required breeding license associated with it. “

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The current city code requires owners to obtain a “litter permit” before the birth of any litter, and the sale of a single animal requires a “seller’s permit.”

The city code requires sterilization for violations of either section.

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