Council refuses to ban pet sales
Opposition to puppy mills is widespread but pet sales will still be allowed.
Instead of banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from backyard breeders, city council decided Tuesday to demand the provincial government establish regulations that ensure human and ethical breeding of dogs, cats and rabbits.
“It wouldn’t have a huge impact to ban pet sales,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.
“Only one pet store does that and it’s minimal.”
Along with seeking action from the provincial government, the city will refer the issue of large-scale breeders to the Regional District of North Okanagan because many of the operations are in rural areas.
“I’d like them (RDNO) to put pressure on the federal and provincial governments because not enough is being done.”
The issue of animal breeding arose after two residents asked the city to ban the retail sale of cats and dogs originating from puppy mills. They expressed concern that many of the animals are often mistreated.
However, a local pet store recently went before council and indicated that there are few animals sold by the retail sector in Vernon and stores can help identify questionable breeders.