Proposal would ban Indy pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A proposal drafted for the county city council would ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits.

Two city-county councilors are sponsoring the bill, which was revealed on the city government website on Friday.

As part of the proposal, pet stores can display and provide space for dogs, cats and rabbits available for adoption from the shelter, city animal care services or animal rescue organizations.

The proposal comes after animal care services repeatedly filled to capacity in 2021. As late as September, free adoptions were offered by the shelter. Animal Care Services has no shortage of cats and dogs on its Petfinder page.

To justify the ban on pet stores, the legislation notes that “most puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores come from large-scale commercial breeding facilities, where animal health and welfare is not taken into account. into account in order to maximize profits “.

The measure also states that “pet stores often mislead consumers as to where puppies come from in stores and make false guarantees of health and behavior. Many consumers end up paying hundreds or thousands of dollars in veterinary bills and suffer the grief of seeing their new pet suffer and, in some cases, die.

Another concern, according to the proposal: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says puppies in pet stores pose a health risk in the form of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Campylobacter.

Pet stores could not have “any property rights” over animals presented for adoption if the measure became law.

In addition, the proposal states: “No part of the costs associated with the exhibition or adoption of animals, including, but not limited to, adoption costs or costs for the provision of space, will only be paid to the host pet facility or to any entity. affiliated or jointly owned with the host animal facility.

The proposal notes that “the vast majority of pet stores, both large chains and small family shops, already do not sell dogs and cats, but rather profit from the sale of products, the offering of services and, in some cases, collaboration with local animal shelters. and rescues to host adoption events.

Indianapolis would not hire a pet police for law enforcement, but instead would rely on its Department of Business and Neighborhood Services to monitor compliance and, if necessary, issue fines of $ 500 for a first. offense, according to the proposal.

Two Democratic advisers, John Barth and Zach Adamson, are the sponsors of the proposal. Barth told News 8 on Friday that the proposal, which had been on the agenda for Monday night’s city council meeting, would be taken off the agenda and resubmitted in 2022. Toae Kim, l attorney general of the city, drafted the legislation. .

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