Colorado Springs City Council Considers Ordinance to Ban Dogs from “Puppy Mills”


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado Springs City Council will make its first vote on Tuesday that might mandate all pet shops within the metropolis to supply their canine and cats from non-profit animal rescues and public animal management shelters.

If handed, the ordinance would imply banning the sale of animals from breeders and pet mills.

“The concern is that some of the animals that are being brought in today maybe from what is known as puppy mills,” City Council President Tom Strand mentioned.

Puppy mills are breeding services that function in circumstances which are thought of inhumane. Sometimes animals are bred a number of instances per yr.

Strand doesn’t imagine that there can be a scarcity of canine within the metropolis, saying that there are pure-bred particular rescues and there are quite a few canine in rescues and shelters that don’t grow to be adopted, usually leaving them to be euthanized.

“I think the supply will be there, I think the demand needs to be there. I think a lot of dogs don’t survive because people don’t adopt them,” Strand mentioned. “I believe this ordinance that we’re going to propose is on that will protect animals.”

Two pet shops in Colorado Springs–Pet City at Chapel Hills Mall and Pet City on the Citadel Mall–oppose the measure, claiming that it’s going to put them out of enterprise.

Strand says it has been a three-year course of to work with the house owners of the shops, however he “hasn’t seen a lot of change.”

The house owners are hoping for extra dialog.

“Working on transparency and reasonable restrictions for the pet stores as opposed to an outright ban,” Dustin Haworth, proprietor of the Pet City at Chapel Hills, mentioned is what he hopes for.

Bree Maestas owns and operates the Pet City and the Citadel. The two say that breeders are the place all their animals come from, and so they did a video tour with Strand at one in every of their breeder services in one other state earlier this yr.

Maestas worries concerning the profitability of taking in canine from rescues and shelters, partly as a result of she says her facility isn’t designed for canine bigger than puppies, and she or he doesn’t really feel comfy working with canine with behavioral points. It’s not clear that these can be the animals transferred to the shops.

“I don’t know that I morally agree with obtaining my animals from unknown places and unknown backgrounds. Let the humane society specialize in that, that’s what they do,” she mentioned.

Maestas and Haworth say that a greater resolution can be to require breeders to adhere to sure requirements, particularly the Canine Care Standards from Purdue University.

Canine Care is a voluntary certification program for breeders that embody random check-ins on services to guarantee compliance.

Haworth admits that not the entire breeders he works with adhere to these requirements, however he thinks pet shops have pull over services over requirements of care.

“We are large customers for the breeders, so we can hold them to more standards than an individual may be able to,” he mentioned.

Part of the size of the talk between Strand and the shop house owners was ready on the Colorado General Assembly to move a invoice to tackle breeder requirements, amongst different issues.

Instead what handed was a invoice that requires pet shops to checklist costs and data on breeders the place the animals come.

“In my opinion, this three-page act does little or nothing to protect animals,” Strand mentioned.

The City Council will vote on the ordinance on Tuesday, Nov. 9, common assembly with dozens of individuals signed up to remark.