Texas Animal Rights Groups Applaud City of Dallas for Banning Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores



May 12, 2022


DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF News ) – The SPCA of Texas and the Texas Human Legislation Network are praising the City of Dallas banning the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores.


City Council voted this week to pass the Humane Pet Store Ordinance, which would fine anyone caught violating the order up to $500.


The ordinance was put in place in an effort to stop puppy mills from supplying local pet stores with animals bred cruelly and potentially plagued with illnesses.


The SPCA of Texas’ Maura Davies said the organization has seen it happen too many times.


“Those puppies many times have gotten sick. That illness can then cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars for the people and cause anguish for the animals and a lot of pain for the people too,” she said.


She said the ordinance will prompt people to turn to shelters and non-profits for pets and help with ongoing overcrowding.


“It is a good day in Dallas knowing that this new breeding practice and open more doors to helping more animals get adopted,” said Davies.


The new ordinance will impact stores like Petland which said it only works with licensed breeders.


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


The Texas Humane Legislation Network helped city officials draft the ordinance.


Stacy Sutton Kerby, THLN Director of Government Relations said more cities across Texas are taking control due to what she described as lack of action from the United States Department of Agriculture...