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Clark County Commission to Vote Today on Pet-Store Sales of Cats, Dogs

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022   

A proposed ban on the sale of dogs, cats, rabbits and pot-bellied pigs at pet stores goes before the Clark County Commission today. Pet stores would be given a year to comply and would be allowed to host shelter animals for adoption.

Teresa Chagrin, animal care and control issues manager with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said they support the ban, especially in light of troubles at the Animal Foundation shelter in Las Vegas.

"The animal shelter has been overcrowded, has been turning animals away, has been infested with contagious diseases. So there are more companion animals than there are suitable responsible homes for them," she said.

Opponents said this move would hurt business at stores such as Petland and The Puppy Store that sell pets. Large chains such as PetSmart already have a policy not to sell cats or dogs. The ordinance would not affect licensed home breeders and does not apply to the sale of other animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, lizards, or snakes.

Chagrin said the ordinance will cut down on the number of dogs that come from unscrupulous puppy mills.

"Unsuspecting consumers get animals who are oftentimes riddled with disease," she said. "And because they're abused from even before they're born, they often just have these psychological issues that last a lifetime."

Today's hearing was continued from a discussion earlier this year, to give the commission time to study the results of California's 2019 statewide ban on the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet stores unless they came from a shelter. PETA estimates that there are 70-million homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. at any given time.


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