An ordinance banning sale of puppies and kittens went into effect in Dallas and forced a store to close down according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,
“An ordinance banning the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores in Dallas went into effect Friday.
While animal advocates celebrated the rule, one store says it was forced to close because of the law. The Petland location in North Dallas closed after 14 years, and 30 employees were laid off, the franchise said.
“Our family and employees are truly heartbroken over this,” owner Jay Suk said in a written statement. “We worked very hard to provide happy and healthy pets to the community we serve. We know that pets are a part of the family, and we have always treated them as such.”
Representative Jared Patterson recently filed HB 870 which would help end cruel Pet Mills practices by requiring pet stores to only sell healthy pets from shelters or rescues according to a CultureMap Dallas article which observes,
“A Texas legislator has introduced a bill to help animals: On December 2, Representative Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) filed HB 870, which would help put an end to puppy mill practices by requiring that pet stores can sell only healthy animals from shelters or rescues.
Pet stores across Texas would no longer be allowed to sell puppies or kittens from unscrupulous, out-of-state puppy mills, protecting pets and consumers — similar to laws that have already been enacted in a number of cities across Texas.
Patterson previously filed a similar bill, HB 1818, in 2021. And as he notes in a statement, the law would affect only one major retailer: Petland.”
Patterson’s early filling of the bill has greatly helped in halting the puppy mill pipeline into Texas and alleviating shelters from having an overwhelming number of healthy pets.