AUSTIN (KXAN) - A proposed Austin ordinance could force a chain of pet stores,
The Austin Animal Advisory commission will hold a specialmeeting and public hearing on Wednesday night to discuss anordinance banning the retail sale of companion animals if they arenot born and raised on site.
"We just do not feel it makes sense to bring in out-of-stateanimals when so many (in shelters) are being killed," saidcommission vice chair David Lundstedt.
Lundstedt points to data that estimates a large majority of dogssold in stores are born in inhumane puppy mills as a reason to stopPetland, but also says the new ordinance would increase adoptionsand decrease euthanizations at the Town Lake Animal Center which iscurrently at 100 percent capacity.
"A retail ban is a piece of the puzzle," said Lundstedt aboutthe city's goals to have a no-kill shelter.
But Petland Sales manager Ben Guerra says his store, which seesprotestors most weekends, is getting an unfair reputation and thattheir dogs are healthy and certified.
"If the ordinance passes, people are going to go throughnewspaper and craigslist to buy puppies from unregulated sources,"said Guerra.
The commission will vote Wednesday to send the proposal to thecity council for approval.
Petland is the only store in the city which would be affected,and the ordinance continues a history of protests and actionsagainst the business.
Last year, Petland faced fines for selling animals that were notspayed or neutered
Petland has stores worldwide and is facing a federallawsuit for allegedly purchasing from “puppymills.”
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