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July 6, 2012

Humane Society International/Canada Applauds City of Mississauga for Restricting the Commercial Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Mississauga's new bylaw is an important step towards a more humane treatment of companion animals. Mehmet Salih Guler/istock

MISSISSAUGA — Humane Society International/Canada welcomes the decision by the Mississauga City Council in Ontario to promote shelter adoptions and to help stop substandard commercial breeding operations by restricting the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. Similar bylaws have already been adopted in Toronto, Ontario; Richmond, British Columbia and Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, Quebec.

Once implemented, the bylaw requires pet stores in the City of Mississauga that sell more than 10 dogs or cats per year to obtain these animals from registered humane societies, shelters or rescue groups. The bylaw also requires all dogs and cats obtained from pet stores be provided with a health assessment by a licensed veterinarian.

“Not only are pet stores a key channel of distribution for unethical commercial breeders, but they also contribute to the dog and cat overpopulation of our communities,” said Ewa Demianowicz, campaigner for the Humane Society International/Canada. “Municipal bans on the retail sale of dogs and cats are a crucial step in our efforts to stop puppy and kitten mills, and promote shelter adoptions.”

“I am pleased my colleagues supported this ban. It is a small step but many small steps can ultimately result in putting puppy and kitten mills out of business and ending the horrific cruelty they impose on animals,” said Patricia Saito, councillor for City of Mississauga who introduced the motion.

HSI/Canada calls on the public to adopt deserving dogs and cats from shelters and give these animals a much-needed second chance.

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Media Contact: Dean Pogas, 514.395.2914/514.261.6007, dpogas@humanesociety.org  

Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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