Toronto, Ontario’s City Planning, Municipal Licensing & Standards committee has unanimously voted to ban the sale of dogs (and cats) from puppy mills.
The matter was first discussed on May 31, 2011 as Item LS4.3 – Banning the Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops. At a subsequent meeting on June 14, it was deferred. Councilor Glenn De Baeremaeker called puppy mill operators: “Those evil, evil people who are mass producing puppies.”
At a subsequent September 9 meeting, the matter was deferred to give “all interested parties an opportunity to put forward an amendment that effectively addressed many of the concerns that we brought forward during the deputations,” said Elizabeth Glibbery, Manager of Animal Services.
Responding to the most recent decision De Baeremaeker said: “It really slams the door closed on people who mass produce animals for profit.”
The amendment to Municipal Code Chapter 545 now requires pet stores to buy cats and dogs from reputable breeders certified by the City of Toronto (including a registered humane society, registered shelter or rescue group or municipal animal shelter) “and provide proof of where the animals were purchased.”
As well, pet stores will be required to provide “monthly health assessment reports from a licensed vet and keep records of all care. Anyone who purchases a dog or cat from a pet store must be given the name and address of the person or facility from which the store acquired the animal.
Pet stores must post the new regulations and the executive director of the Municipal Licensing and Standards committee will be empowered to regularly inspect such sites as well as take appropriate action including revoking the store’s license if it is determined that an animal came from a puppy mill.