Midvale City Council to vote on an ordinance regulating the commercial sale of pets

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Midvale City Council to vote on an ordinance regulating the commercial sale of pets

WHAT:   The Midvale City Council will hear a proposed ordinance to codify the regulation of the commercial sale of dogs, cats and rabbits within Midvale City as well as pet purchase protections for consumers.

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.

Public comment will be heard in the beginning and the ordinance is the fourth action item on the agenda.

Agenda: http://www.midvalecity.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6519

WHO:    Midvale City Council

WHERE:   Midvale City Hall, 7505 South Holden Street, Midvale, UT 84047

WHY:   Midvale City determined that it is in the best interest of the public health, safety, and welfare of the City to prohibit the sale of any dog, cat, or rabbit in any pet shop, retail business, or other commercial establishment located in the City of Midvale, unless the dog, cat or rabbit was obtained from a city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society, or a nonprofit rescue organization. It was further determined that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Midvale to provide certain protections for those individuals who purchase an animal that later becomes ill or is determined to have congenital or hereditary conditions. The proposed ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to sell any animal that is ill or suffers from a congenital or hereditary condition without disclosing such to the purchaser.

“We fully support this ordinance,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “Documenting the source where a pet comes from and offering customer protection will help decrease the irresponsible and inhumane commercial breeding of puppies, kittens and bunnies to be sold for profit. We applaud Midvale City for wanting to be part of the solution to pet overpopulation and customer protection since there is no pet lemon law in Utah at this time.”

 
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Contact: Deann Shepherd: cell 801-747-9136, deann@utahhumane.org
 
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