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Windsor may ban sales of cats, dogs in pet stores

August 23rd, 2007, 05:10 PM
Craig Pearson, CanWest News Service
Published: Saturday, August 18, 2007
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WINDSOR, Ont. -- The city's licensing department is recommending that Windsor ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats.

That's one of four recommendations for stricter controls of pet stores in the report, which will be discussed Tuesday at a public licensing commission meeting. The licensing commission will then report to city council for the final decision.

John Roushorne, executive director of the Humane Society of Windsor-Essex County, thinks a ban would bring more people to the society to buy dogs and cats, thus reducing the number of animals euthanized every year.

"It's a crisis," said Roushorne, who has not heard of any other Ontario jurisdictions banning cat and dog sales in pet stores. "The cat situation is particularly disturbing."

In 2006, the humane society euthanized 223 dogs and 4,041 cats, a three per cent increase over 2005. But Roushorne notes that the humane society has not put down a healthy, adoptable dog since 2004, with the exception of pit bulls, which Windsor strictly limits.

Roushorne said pet stores often buy from puppy mills and kitten mills in the United States, where females are kept pregnant virtually year-round and where conditions are sub-standard.

The manager of at least one local pet store said his operation may leave town if Windsor bans the sale of cats and dogs on top of the bans already in place for reptiles, ferrets and chinchillas.

"It's like they're on a witch hunt for us," said Dennis Radosz, manager of Corbret's Pet Depot.

"It'll just create more so-called backyard breeding. I opened the Windsor Star today and there are hundreds and hundreds of puppies in four columns of the paper. We're just upset because nobody regulates them."

Windsor Star
CanWest News Service 2007

August 23rd, 2007, 05:42 PM
Well, it's a start in the right direction!

August 23rd, 2007, 08:01 PM
:thumbs up about time to put the puppy-mill people out of business.

August 23rd, 2007, 08:07 PM
definitely a step in the right direction!! byb's are next, maybe the petstore owner should do something about the byb's if he has such an issue with them, do us a favor!

August 23rd, 2007, 09:02 PM
This most likely has to do with the pissing match going on between the Humane society and the guy who runs a "FOR PROFIT rescue", he and the HS have been going at it for some time now.
He has even gone as far as putting up a billboard along the lines of " If you dont want your pet put down, surrender it to us"...
Its been a nasty battle, and IMO this guy is a whack job anyways.
Here's his side.