News from Canada – Council bans sales of pets from puppy mills in Toronto

CTV News  September 2012

Puppies and kittens sold in Toronto pet stores must come from shelters, humane societies or rescue groups, city council decided on Wednesday.

Council voted unanimously to institute the changes that aim to keep stores from selling animals from puppy or kitten mills.

The motion, put forward by Coun. Glenn De Baeremaker, originally went to council at the end of May but was postponed.

De Baeremaker told CTV Toronto on May 31 that the approval of this motion would mean pet owners would know exactly where their pet is coming from, “and that it’s been treated humanely and with love.”

De Baermaeker said on Wednesday that he was pleased with the vote.

“It really slams the door closed on people who mass produce animals for profit,” De Baeremaeker told The Globe and Mail.

The motion is designed to combat the illegal sale of dogs and cats from some breeders who raise the animals in unsanitary and overcrowded enclosures.

Council also directed city officials to work with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals and encourages residents to report any knowledge of operating puppy or kitten mills in the city.

In August, a national pet store chain, PJ’s Pets, announced that the store will no longer sell puppies and instead focus on supporting pet adoption services.



Filed under Council Pounds, Getting2Zero

2 responses to “News from Canada – Council bans sales of pets from puppy mills in Toronto

  1. Jan Baker

    All hail Toronto Council in Canada….what great decisions they have made….this council I would be proud to pay my rates to…as they are doing something constructive to help animals….which is more than I can say for our council Blacktown in NSW Australia….SHAME!! they can’t even make a decision on mandatory desexing! And hats off to PJ’s Pets…now this is the pet store I would like to buy my dog food from….ashame we haven’t got them in Australia… will be helping so many animals from being abused & neglected….good luck!!

    • Georgina Barboutis

      Fantastic! What an awesome positive step to make and one that can only better the whole situation of animal welfare and hopefully lesson the unneccesary amount of euthanasias.

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