Pet store opposes breeding ban
A Vernon business owner is concerned pet stores are being unfairly portrayed.
Two people recently asked Vernon city council to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits provided by backyard breeders.
“Pet stores are not the reason for puppy mills. There are online services available for that,” said Lisa Badach, owner of AJ’s Pets and Things since 2000.
Badach says some of the animals on her premises come from families relinquishing their pets or she allows friends and local residents to use her store to find their puppies and kittens a home.
“These are people who are local,” she said, adding that she is confident about the care the animals are receiving.
“We do not have a list of breeders to call when we want puppies or kittens.”
Badach also says that the sale of animals is not a big part of her business and there were just three dogs sold last year.
“Stopping local sales will not prevent citizens of Vernon from driving to the next municipality if they want to purchase a puppy or kitten from a retail store or from looking to other sources to get what they want,” she said.
“This moves business elsewhere and does nothing to educate consumers on how to make good choices.”
While opposed to a ban, Badach does believe there is a role for the City of Vernon to play.
“If there is a problem with breeders, let’s get them licensed,” she said.
“That would give the city the right to go in and inspect premises. Let’s create solutions and be an example for other communities.”
Badach will appear before Vernon council Monday.