At the Dec. 7 meeting of the Arab City Council, Councilman Johnny Hart said that before considering a proposed pet shop ordinance that would restrict the sale of dogs and cats to only those that are sourced from animal care facilities or rescue organizations, he wanted to get some input from the public.
At the council’s last meeting on Dec. 21, he got it.
Mayor Bob Joslin stressed that he appreciated the feedback received, and that the proposed ordinance was only being considered at this time.
In the ordinance presented by Arab resident Aubrie Kavanaugh, it stated that a significant number of puppies and kittens sold at pet shops come from large scale commercial breeding facilities where the health and welfare of the animals are not adequately provided for.
A similar ordinance has been approved in several cities in north Alabama.
Kavanaugh was concerned about a proposed bill in the state legislature that would put pet shops under the Department of Agriculture and said she hoped the ordinance could be passed in case the state bill ever passed.
But, at least four area residents spoke to the council with concerns about the ordinance itself.
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