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The Morristown, NJ, Town Council is expected to consider changes to its animal control ordinances at its Tuesday, June 27, meeting.  The proposal seeks to restrict sales of dogs and cats at pet stores to those sourced from animal care facilities or animal rescue organizations.  Area residents are strongly encouraged to contact the Town Council to oppose this onerous measure.

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 that restricts choice by compelling people and/or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelter or rescue distributors.  

The Morristown proposal is similar to ordinances seen throughout New Jersey, including in many localities that do not have pet shops, that is part of a radical, nation-wide agenda that seeks to limit animal breeding and sales.  For more information, read Why Pet Shop Laws Affect You

Concerned area residents are strongly encouraged to contact the members of the Morristown Town Council and express concerns with the proposal, and to attend their meeting on Tuesday, June 27, at 730PM, to express concerns in person.  Meetings take place in the Council Room at the Morristown Town Hall, 200 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. 

Councilmember Stefan Armington –

Councilmember Toshiba Foster –

Councilmember Robert Iannaccone –

Councilmember Hiliari B. Davis –

Councilmember Alison Deeb –

Councilmember Michelle Dupree Harris –

Councilmember Michael Elms – email unavailable

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email; or contact the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs at