City of New Braunfels May Remove Retail Sales of Cats and Dogs from Commercial Breeders | Community alert

New Braunfels City Council members will soon consider an ordinance prohibiting retail pet stores from sourcing and selling cats and dogs from commercial breeding facilities.

At their meeting in May, members of the city’s animal services advisory board voted to recommend an ordinance that would allow the sale of cats and dogs in retail establishments if they came from an animal shelter. or an animal welfare group.

The council’s recommendation also includes an effective date of one year from the date the proposed ordinance is passed.

Council members did not act on the proposed order at their meeting on Monday.

Yet, after listening to affected individuals and stakeholders on both sides of the issue, members reached a consensus calling on city workers to proceed with the development and presentation of a first reading of the proposal at next meeting.

Board members also instructed staff members to provide data on the number of animals in the shelter from retail pet stores and whether there was any information indicating a national or province-wide correlation. the state between retail pet stores and shelter adoption rates.

Although the proposed order does not mention a specific business, most of the attention has focused on Puppyland, which began selling puppies from its New Braunfels MarketPlace storefront nearly a year ago.

Public concerns focus primarily on the supply of animals sold and how they are transported to stores.

Although speakers addressing the council on Monday and previous meetings have claimed that Puppyland sources its animals from puppy mills, Puppyland representatives have denied these accusations, stating that the store only sells pets. USDA-certified responsible breeders, verifies breeder inspection reports, and offers health guarantees.

“They visit their breeders at least once a year – every breeder they source from to ensure that the operations providing them with a puppy are up to par,” said Albert Sardinas, a representative based in the United States. of Washington from the owners of Puppyland. Justin and Kayla Kerr. “Higher than Texas state standards – higher than federal government standards. Puppyland owners also visit their transport provider several times a year to ensure that the same level of care you see at their store is maintained from breeder to that store.

Other related public concerns include the growing community pet population and the desire to encourage the adoption of homeless pets.

Sarah Hammond, executive director of the Humane Society of New Braunfels Area since 2015 and a member of the Animal Service Advisory Board, expressed concern to board members about the number of animals the Morningside Drive shelter houses.

“Our overall adoption rate has skyrocketed, allowing us to rescue more than 90 percent of animals entering our shelter each year, so far,” Hammond said. “The last few months have seen an increase in the welcoming of medium and large dogs into our shelter, which has put our shelter under strain unlike anything we’ve ever seen. And it’s not just New Braunfels Shelters across the state have been under “Code Red” status for months, which means there are far too many dogs coming in and not enough coming out, leaving shelter workers with the impossible task of choosing which less adoptable dogs to put to sleep each day in order to make room for the incoming stayers and abandoned dogs we see every day.

Developing an ordinance regulating pet sales in New Braunfels has been a long process that began late last year.

At its regular meeting in October, the Animal Services Advisory Council discussed regulating the sale of dogs and cats in commercial pet establishments.

The issue was brought to the attention of city staff and board members in response to Puppyland’s opening, prompting residents and others to speak up during the communications with residents portion. citizens of city council meetings.

The board discussed options for potential orders at two subsequent meetings. Municipal employees and members of the Board of Directors also met and visited the parties concerned.

In their deliberations, the council considered similar ordinances in other Texas cities.

In San Antonio, a pet store “shall not rent, offer for sale, trade, give away, or otherwise transfer a cat or dog unless the cat or dog was obtained from a local animal shelter. city ​​or county, animal control agency, or animal shelter. organization approved by the Ministry.

This ordinance came into force last year.

In Fort Worth, a person “commits an offense if he trades a cat or dog for compensation, regardless of the age of the cat or dog, to a place other than where the cat or dog was born.”

Similar to the ordinance proposed by New Braunfels, Waco and College Station ban the retail sale of dogs and cats unless they come from a shelter or welfare group.

A proposed State House bill containing similar provisions did not pass the 2021 legislative session.

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