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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would ban the sale of non-shelter dogs and cats. Introduced by Rep. Patricia A. Serpa, the bill would prohibit pet shops from selling cats and dogs that they did not buy from an animal shelter, pound, or rescue facility.

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Paws for a moment and think Constitutionally Conflicted.

#1 | Posted by ajwood at 2018-06-13 04:49 PM | Reply

I am all for eliminating puppy mills and pet shop sales of puppies and kittens. That said I believe people should be allowed to breed and sell them but I like the way the bill is drafted and is meant to force letting people see your operation so you can't run a puppy mill. Around here most of the shelters and rescues bring pets to the stores - stores don't buy them, they just offer the space and often there are events with volunteers helping facilitate the adoptions. The stores are just hoping to get customers out of the bargain.

These kind of operations really make me angry. The owner of a pet store nearby was busted about a year ago for the condition of the puppies in his store. I have known the guy since I was a kid and he's a shyster. Had crates stacked with no floor pans dogs on top defecating on the ones below, totally unclean conditions etc. Of course he wasn't shut down but had to clean it up. Same guy had his store burn about 30 years ago now. Arson... Nobody was ever arrested but people are pretty sure he was the culprit.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-06-13 04:58 PM | Reply

Paws for a moment and think Constitutionally Conflicted.
#1 | POSTED BY AJWOOD AT 2018-06-13 04:49 PM

What does that mean? You are believing this law is unconstitutional?

I'm in agreement with the rest of the world - puppy mills need to be eradicated and this is an important step into assuring that.

Registered breeders should be the only exception.

#3 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-06-13 08:45 PM | Reply

I favor an exception for registered breeders.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-06-14 06:49 AM | Reply

Not a constitutional issue as it is a state doing it.

Good for Rhode Island.

#5 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-06-14 07:10 AM | Reply

Registered breeders should be the only exception.

#3 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT

I favor an exception for registered breeders.

#4 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

I agree, provided the breeders are monitored and inspected regularly.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-06-14 02:35 PM | Reply

I'm certain this will be every bit as effective as prohibition and the war on drugs.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-06-15 07:43 AM | Reply

There is need for pure bred working dogs. While tigers are among the most beautiful creatures on the earth, so are Bernese Mountain Dogs, who are no longer needed for milk wagon work.

If the proper target is the puppy mills, in the deplorable MidWest, then make them illegal. The best breeders do it for the love of the animals and cannot make a living at it because litter size varies and vet costs are not trivial. There is no reason to destroy them with regulations. We live in a country where animal abuse carries more severe penalties than wife abuse, which is absurd.

Non-profit organizations which were originally created to protect animals, especially pets, have morphed into for profit organizations which use laws they lobbied for to extort money from errant pet owners, with a gun, and without due process. This legal change will enhance their profits.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-15 07:59 AM | Reply

"We live in a country where animal abuse carries more severe penalties than wife abuse, which is absurd."

That statement is just flat out, bald faced untrue. There are some jurisdictions where animal abuse has penalties that come close to human domestic abuse but many where animal abuse is a very, very minor offense.

"Non-profit organizations which were originally created to protect animals, especially pets, have morphed into for profit organizations"

I'll stipulate that there are a few cases and organizations where I can agree with this statement. But for every example of that there are at least a hundred local, on the ground rescues that exist hand to mouth doing the work. These people are the ones that actually perform the work and get by on very small donations, vets that provide free/reduced services and homing fees. They're also the people that deal with the horrible messes that puppy mills and bad breeders create.

I do want to see pure breed dogs and cats continue to exist but it should be an absolute requirement that any animal they sell be spay/neutered.

#9 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2018-06-15 09:26 AM | Reply

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