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April 13, 2016

Ottawa Restricts the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores

New by-law is a step in the right direction, five-year transition period unnecessary, says Humane Society International/Canada

Humane Society International/Canada

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The Ottawa City Council adopted a by-law that restricts the sale of commercially bred cats and dogs in pet stores, requiring new pet stores to offer only cats and dogs from legitimate shelters, humane societies or rescues organizations; all stores will also have to include a 48 hours return policy, as well as provide a certificate that indicates the source of the pet that is being sold. Pet stores that currently sell commercially bred cats and dogs will have five years to transition to the new adoption-only model.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for Humane Society International/Canada, issued the following statement:

“Ottawa citizens showed tremendous support for this by-law, and we welcome the decision by the Ottawa City Council to restrict the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. We are disappointed, however, this will take five years to implement. Similar by-laws have been adopted in other Canadian cities without a transition period, and Ottawa had the opportunity to do the same. These animals are trapped in inhumane conditions; it doesn’t take five years for established pet stores to stop the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats.

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

Support the efforts of HSI/Canada to prevent cruelty and save lives.

Media Contact: Christopher Paré: 514 395-2914, cpare@hsi.org

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