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Thursday, April 18, 2019

On Tuesday, April 23, the Board of Aldermen of Town of Dover, New Jersey, is expected to consider a proposal that would restrict pet shops from selling, delivering, offering for sale, bartering, auctioning, giving away, or otherwise transferring dogs or cats.  The proposal, however, does not prohibit stores from collaborating with animal control centers, animal shelters, or rescue groups to offer space to showcase adoptable dogs and cats.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) emphatically supports freedom of choice in selecting a pet. AKC® actively promotes efforts to ensure that people are educated, understand the demands of responsible ownership and have access to a pet that is right for them.  AKC strongly opposes any measure, including Dover’s, that restricts choice by compelling people and/or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelter or rescue distributors.

The Dover Board of Aldermen is scheduled to consider this proposal on Tuesday, April 23, at 7PM, at the Dover Town Hall, 37 N Sussex St, Dover, NJ 07801.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Concerned New Jersey residents are strongly encouraged to express opposition to the proposed restriction on consumer choice.

Mayor James P. Dodd

Alderman William O’Connor – First Ward

Alderman Sandra Wittner – First Ward

Alderman Cindy Romaine – Second Ward

Alderman Humberto Quinones – Second Ward

Alderman James Visioli –Third Ward

Alderman Carolyn Blackman – Third Ward

Alderman Stephen Toth – Fourth Ward

Alderman Carlos Valencia – Fourth Ward

For more information, contact AKC Government Relations at (919) 816-3720 or email