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The Dallas City Council will consider an ordinance on Wednesday, May 11, to prohibit pet stores from sourcing dogs from licensed breeders. This ordinance will limit pet choice and consumer protections for Dallas area families seeking a dog that fits their needs and lifestyle.

Retail pet sales bans/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 breeders.

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

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How to help:

AKC encourages dog owners and prospective dog owners to submit email comments to the council opposing the pet store ordinance. The councilmembers and mayor can be contacted at this link:

The meeting will be held at 9:00am on Wednesday, May 11 at:
1500 Marilla Street
Council Chambers, 6th Floor
Dallas, Texas 75201

Additionally, please forward this to dog owners and club members in the Dallas area.

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