“Pet shop animals must come from shelters”

“Pet shop animals must come from shelters”

John Willing, Ottawa Citizen, City Council Briefs

April 14, 2016

A new City of Ottawa by-law requires that three Ottawa pet shops will need to source dogs and cats from shelters within five years. The regulations were approved by City Council on April 13, 2016 after a 21-3 vote. The City originally wanted to allow the Little Critters Pet Shop and the two Pet World Pet Shops to continue to obtain their puppies from inspected commercial breeders. Concern by animal advocates about puppy and kitten mills prompted them to call for an immediate ban. However Councillors decided to compromise by offering the five-year deadline. Jeff Leiper, Councillor, tabled a motion to reduce the phase-out period to three years; but it was voted down by Council. Breeder Certificates will have to be given to customers by pet shops and they must allow a 48-hour return period.