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The Wichita Animal Services Advisory Board will consider endorsing an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from sourcing dogs from licensed breeders at a meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20. This ordinance will limit pet choice and consumer protections for Wichita area families seeking a dog that fits their needs and lifestyle.

Retail pet sales bans and restrictions limit consumer protections and choice, while doing nothing to actually help dogs.  A better solution is to consider broad consumer protection and cruelty laws that hold all accountable who sell or transport dogs and continuing to allow pet stores to source from all humane sources including from licensed breeders.

Further, licensed breeders in and around Kansas are already regulated by the state and/or the USDA. Additionally, licensed breeders are required to follow all applicable state and federal animal welfare laws.

For more talking points on this issue and information on AKC’s position, visit our key issue page on Pet Choice. 

How to help:

AKC encourages dog owners and prospective dog owners to submit email comments to the board opposing the pet store ordinance. The animal control advisory board can be contacted at the email below:

AKC further encourages community members to attend the meeting in person. The meeting will be held at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, July 20 at:

Kansas Humane Society
3313 N Hillside St
Wichita, KS 67219

Additionally, please forward this to any friends you may know in the Wichita area.

AKC Government Relations continues to monitor all Kansas legislation impacting dog owners.  For more information, contact AKC GR at