PIJAC Applauds Repeal of Las Vegas Pet Sale Ban



Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) expressed approval of the Las Vegas City Council’s decision to repeal a citywide pet sale ban.


“The Las Vegas City Council correctly recognized that its pet sale ban was based upon incorrect attacks from activists, not the facts of where...pet stores source their pets,” said Josh Jones, director of legislative and regulatory affairs at PIJAC. “The city’s pet sale ban repeal is great news for pet lovers, the small businesses that faced enormous costs and the city itself.”


The 4-3 vote on November 15 was a reversal of the city vote in 2016. The city’s pet stores would have only been allowed to source cats and dogs from rescues and shelters. One store, Puppy Boutique, would have had to close and reopen outside of the city. The ordinance was to go into effect in January 2018.


“On behalf of our members locally and nationwide, PIJAC applauds city officials for recognizing that their city’s pet stores are not supporters of unethical breeders,” said Jones. Puppy Boutique, for example, passed an inspection earlier this month with flying colors. Responsible pet stores like those in Las Vegas work only with licensed commercial breeders and ethical hobby breeders. This is why Puppy Boutique and other stores have thrived on their relationships with thousands of satisfied customers.”


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