Councillor Ken Johnston continues to battle for humaine treatment of puppies in Richmond.
Richmond moves ahead with puppy ban
Pet stores in Richmond could be banned from selling puppies by April if a new bylaw is approved.
Monday, Richmond council’s general purposes committee asked city staff to write a bylaw amendment prohibiting the sale of dogs in storefronts.
Bylaw proponents believe a ban would limit impulse purchases and reduce the number of dogs bred in inhumane conditions without proper health care.
The proposed bylaw would affect three local stores: Pet Habitat, PJ’s Pets and Pets Wonderland.
It was standing-room only Monday in a meeting room at Richmond City Hall as dozens of animal rights activists and pet store employees waited for chance to address council.
“Only this council can stop puppy brokers from accessing and infiltrating our community through pet stores,” said Lorie Chortyk of the BC SPCA.
“Many of the puppies who are often purchased on impulse are then abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters when the new owners discover the puppies are sick and when the novelty wears off,” Chortyk said.
Councillors agreed the solution is to ban the sale of dogs from storefronts.
“We’re not going to support puppy mills or the inhumane treatment of animals,” said Coun. Ken Johnston.