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El Paso City Council Delays Proposed Pet Sale Ban
Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 6:38 p.m., EST

El Paso City Council Delays Proposed Pet Sale BanThe El Paso City Council has tabled a proposed ordinance that would prohibit pet stores in El Paso, Texas, from selling dogs and cats.

The 6-2 vote to delay the issue until Oct. 5 in order to allow further discussion and changes was made yesterday after a public hearing during which several breeders and rescue groups voiced their opposition about the proposed regulations.

“They felt that the proposals would not lead to decreased euthanasia,” said Armando Saldivar, public affairs officer for the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.

The proposed ordinance was introduced late July in part to reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized in shelters. If passed, the ordinance would have banned the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores as of Sept. 1, 2010. 
The ordinance would have also revised regulations applying to spayed, neutered, unsprayed and unneutered dogs and cats; revised permitting procedures; required that a litter permit number be displayed in any advertisement to sell or transfer puppies and kittens; required animals released by the city and animal welfare organizations to be spayed or neutered; and provided for an annual report of euthanized animals in the city; among other requirements.

In addition, a rescue group member, also an attorney, claimed that there were some legal issues with the way the ordinance was written, Saldivar said.

Mayor John Cook, who is actively pushing for a pet sale ban, is forming a new Task Force to help develop changes to the ordinance, according to Saldivar.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and the American Kennel Club both oppose such pet sale and breeder regulations. <HOME>

Related story: El Paso Pet Sale Ban Gets Public Hearing

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