November 22, 2017 Photos by: Elbud/Shutterstock
In a very different turn of events from what is happening in other cities across the United States, the Las Vegas City Council just voted to repeal a ban that would have stopped pet stores from selling cats, dogs and potbellied pigs, unless the animals came from a shelter or rescue organization.
According to Josh Jones, who is the director of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, the repeal is happy news for pet lovers, as well as small pet stores who would be dealt large costs to convert, and even the city of Las Vegas itself. Jones said that the council was smart to realize that its pet sale ban was the result of ‘activist attacks,’ and not the accurate information of where pet stores source their pets. He said that local stores and national associations all were in favor of the repeal, and without them and their efforts, pet stores would still only be allowed to sell rescue animals.
One such store, Puppy Boutique, campaigned heavily against the ban, saying that in order to continue operating, it would have to close down and reopen outside Las Vegas city limits. Because the ban would obviously limit breed availability, according to Puppy Boutique, pet lovers may not have the option of finding the best pet for their individual needs and desires.
The ban was supposed to go into effect in January of next year, affecting pet stores in the city, and PIJAC officials say they are glad that the city officials realized that the pet stores of Las Vegas did not support unethical breeding practices. Jones said specifically of Puppy Boutique that they passed an inspection earlier in the month easily, and that responsible pet stores will only work with licensed commercial breeders or ethical hobby breeders.
The repeal vote was 4-3 in favor of reversing the original ban voted in 2016. Two council members have been replaced since that vote, which led to the reconsideration and then subsequent reversing of the ban. Jones said that this reversal now saves the dreams of small business owners.
Additionally, Jones said that the PIJAC is interested in helping Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the City Council to look at replacing the ban with better sourcing, transparency and animal care language.
Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!