PORT ST. LUCIE — The City Council Monday took initial ways towards producing a plan that would inspire people to get their animals from shelters and rescue organizations fairly than retail pet retailers.
But the proposal will not go far sufficient, animal advocates say.
The policy is aimed at trying to keep out “pet mills,” places that have a historical past of selling animals with undiagnosed or untreated health and fitness situations, sometimes even infectious disorders.
“We have been privileged and have not had way too several pup boutiques pop up right here,” mentioned Mayor Greg Oravec, “and when they do, they ordinarily do not end up building it.”
The change would restrict dogs, cats and rabbits sold at pet outlets to strays, unwelcome animals and all those that arrive from an animal shelter or animal-rescue corporation.
Previously this thirty day period the American Culture for the Avoidance of Cruelty to Animals, in a letter to the metropolis, voiced issues about breeders not becoming excluded from the proposed plan.
“The amendments made to the language that attempt to exclude animals obtained from breeders will not close the problematic loophole in the ordinance.” said Jen Hobgood, ASPCA senior director of condition legislation for southern division. “Allowing for pet outlets to market adoptable animals for income opens the doorway for marketplace exploitation.”
In response, the city added a portion in the proposed policy that would prohibit pet stores from offering animals from breeders.
To even more address ASPCA‘s considerations, Town Council customers requested staff to reach out to local PetSmart and Pet Supermarket suppliers to identify how a new law would affect their enterprises, and if the pet shops would be inclined to work with local animal shelters and rescue teams.
“I think we all care about our fur toddlers,” claimed Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo. “So we want to make absolutely sure that nobody’s using a loophole to be able to offer with a pet mill or anything of that character.”
Olivia McKelvey is TCPalm’s watchdog reporter for St. Lucie County. You can reach her at [email protected], 772-521-4380 and on Twitter @olivia_mckelvey.