St. Paul might ban pet stores from selling cats and dogs, to counter ‘mills’

A “Humane Pet Store” ordinance authored by St. Paul City Council Member Rebecca Noecker calls for banning city pet shops from selling cats and dogs entirely.

“No pet shop shall sell, deliver, offer for sale, barter, auction, give away, or otherwise transfer or dispose of cats or dogs,” according to the proposed ordinance.

Under the proposal, pet shops can still collaborate with animal shelters, animal rescue organizations and animal control authorities to showcase adoptable dogs and cats, provided the animals are not younger than eight weeks old.

The ordinance states it is “not intended to limit the ability of consumers to work with reputable breeders, where they can see directly the conditions in which the dogs or cats are bred or can confer directly with the breeder concerning those conditions.”

The measure is expected to be approved by the council on Dec. 12.

The proposal comes after the closure of the Petland retail store in St. Paul’s Sun Ray Shopping…

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