The Las Vegas City Council voted to repeal a ban that would have prevented pet stores from selling dogs, cat and potbellied pigs that didn’t come from a rescue organization or animal care facility.
The contentious city council meeting involved hours of testimony from the public both in favor of the ban and for the repeal. Much of the discussion focused on two pet stores in Las Vegas — Petland and Puppy Boutique.
At times, it was a very heated discussion. Everyone agreed that puppy mills are a problem that needs to be addressed.
Some members of the public wanted to share videos with the council showing what they claimed was proof that animals in some local stores came from puppy mills and not reputable breeders.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman rejected that appeal to share the videos publicly.
This wasn’t just an issue that divided the public, it also sharply divided the city council.
“This city would be joining hundreds of other cities, hopefully other hundreds of cities would be joining us and if we get that national movement, hopefully we can get that national movement, and definitely shut down these puppy mills,” said Councilman Stavros Anthony.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman replied, “No, not gonna happen. It’s not gonna happen.”
She has said she’d like the public to weigh in again on a new ordinance that won’t harm local businesses.
Councilwoman Michele Fiore, who pushed for the repeal of the ban also suggested more regulations on where pet stores could source their animals.
If it remained in place, the ban would have taken effect Jan. 6, but now pet stores will still be able to sell puppies, kittens and potbellied pigs to consumers.
Animal control officials said, that some new pet stores are looking to open in the area. Pet stores that could be classified as problem pet stores.