Renton City Council Unanimously Passes Puppy Mill Ordinance

Renton City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of dogs from puppy mills in the city.

The passage of the ordinance on July 11 came after public outcry and protests against a city pet dealer called Puppyland, which animal rights groups have previously accused of sourcing dogs from out-of-state puppy mills that bring large numbers of animals into close proximity – allegedly putting them in inhumane conditions that can make them prone to disease.

“Puppy mills exploit innocent animals by forcing dogs to continually breed and then ignoring their medical, social and physical needs,” Ashly Dale, director of anti-puppy mill group Bailing Out Benji, said in previous reports. from the Renton Reporter.

Dale said puppies born on these “factory farms” are taken from their mothers as early as four weeks old and may carry contagious diseases or suffer from birth defects due to overproduction. She also said Puppyland in Renton has been known to rent pets and charge absurdly high interest rates to ignorant pet adopters.

The ordinance as written outlines an affidavit process in which pet sellers would have to attest to the supply of the pet they are selling for the purpose of verifying that the pet company did not come from a puppy mill.

The order will come into effect on January 1, 2023, giving businesses the rest of the year to comply.

Here is a statement regarding the passing of the ordinance from Puppyland owners in Renton, Kayla and Justin Kerr:

We are very disappointed with the passage of this order which was passed without any statistics to justify the targeting and closure of a single retail store, putting more than 20 people out of work. Our top priority is the health of our puppies and the care and love they receive while at breeders, in Puppyland and at home with a new family. It is the kind of love, respect, responsibility and responsible care for animals that should be praised and sought after. Instead, Puppyland is specifically targeted by local government without transparency and without sufficient justification to support such government action. Without access to a responsible company like ours, people will turn to places like Craigslist, vans in parking lots, and inevitably places that are less reputable and likely run unattended. People want their choice of dogs. Removing a safe and supervised pet store from the equation will lead to an increase in black market dogs. The City does not appear to have carefully assessed the downstream impacts of such a targeted ordinance which will likely cause more damage than good.

The owners have stated that the health and care of the puppies at their facility is their top priority as a business.

They also said that despite signing up to make public comments at the meeting and raising their hands to do so, they claimed they were ignored and not allowed to comment. talk. The owners of the business said they were considering legal action against the city of Renton.