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New Jersey Action Alert: Borough of Manasquan Seeks Breeding, Sales Ban

(Wednesday, August 15, 2012)

The American Kennel Club (AKC) Government Relations Department has learned that the Borough Council of Manasquan, New Jersey, will consider a broadly-worded animal sales ordinance on Monday, August 20, 2012. The proposal seeks to ban retail pet sales from both pet stores and all kennels, and prohibits those entities from breeding dogs. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes this proposal. It is imperative that all concerned New Jersey residents contact the members of the Manasquan Borough Council and urge them to oppose Ordinance No. 2120-12, the dog sales ordinance proposal. Concerned Manasquan Borough residents are also encouraged to attend Monday’s Council meeting and express their opposition.

The ordinance:

  • Defines “kennel” as “any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on.” The AKC believes that this definition is overly broad and includes the vast majority of kennels, including home-based facilities.
  • Prohibits pet shops, pet shop operators, kennels, or kennel operators from selling, offering for sale, bartering, auctioning, breeding, or otherwise disposing of dogs, cats or both in Borough. The AKC believes that this would effectively prohibit the breeding and sale of dogs Manasquan Borough.

Click here to view the proposal.

The American Kennel Club strongly supports and actively promotes a wide range of programs to educate the public about responsible purebred breeding practices and the responsibilities of dog ownership. The AKC opposes the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans or mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs. Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who meet their responsibilities.

Additionally, the sale of dogs in New Jersey is already subject to regulation by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Existing regulations regarding the sale of animals already provide comprehensive protections for consumers who purchase an animal from a pet dealer, including pet stores. The AKC believes that when these regulations are enforced, no additional laws are needed.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

All concerned New Jersey residents are strongly encouraged to contact the members of the Manasquan Borough Council. Respectfully yet strongly urge them to oppose Ordinance No. 2120-12.

Mayor George Dempsey
(732) 223-9153
gdempsey@manasquan-nj.com

Councilman Owen McCarthy
(732) 223-2144
omccarthy@manasquan-nj.com

Councilwoman Patricia Connolly
(732) 223-4353
pconnolly@manasquan-nj.com

Councilman Joseph Bossone
(732) 620-0196
jbossone@manasquan-nj.com

Councilman Michael J. Mangan
(732) 996-0361
mmangan@manasquan-nj.com

Councilman Edward Donovan
(732) 223-0608
EDonovan@manasquan-nj.com

Councilwoman Marilyn Jacobson
mjacobson@manasquan-nj.com

All concerned Manasquan Borough residents are encouraged to attend the Borough Council meeting on Monday, August 20, 2012, and express opposition to the proposal. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:00PM, and will be held at the Borough Council Chambers, Borough Hall, 201 East Main Street, 2nd Floor, Manasquan, NJ 08736.

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org; or contact Linda Deutsch with the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs at (908) 996-4009, or e-mail taadeutsch@yahoo.com.