The New Braunfels City Council voted this week 4-3 in favor of an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling dogs sourced from dog breeders at a city council meeting on Monday, October 10. The ordinance is likely to receive final consideration at an October 24, 2022, meeting.
This ordinance will limit pet choice and consumer protections for New Braunfels 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.
For more talking points on this issue, visit www.akcgr.org/petchoice.
How to help:
AKC encourages dog owners and prospective dog owners to submit email comments to the council opposing the pet store ordinance prior to October 24. The councilmembers and mayor’s contact information can be found at this link:
Additionally, please forward this to any friends you may know in the New Braunfels area.
AKC Government Relations continues to monitor all Texas legislation impacting dog owners. For more information, contact AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org.