CONTACT: Landry Stafford
SAN ANTONIO (October 30, 2020) – Yesterday, City Council considered the adoption of amendments to Local Government Code, Chapter 5 that, among other provisions, would require local retailers to only sell pets that were sourced from a registered animal rescue group, animal control agency, or a county animal shelter. The following statement was released in response to today’s vote:
“The ordinance change approved by City Council today does not prohibit responsible breeders from doing business in San Antonio. I recognize the importance of humanely sourcing pets for our community. As currently allowed, local breeders will still be able to operate within San Antonio, so long as they obtain the necessary breeders and sellers permit and care for the pets in a humane manner. This ordinance will prevent local pet stores from obtaining puppies through out-of-state puppy mills that may not meet the standards laid out in our local government code. The point of this ordinance was to provide the ability for the City to ensure the ethical treatment of the pets being sold in local pet stores.
I am a pro-business person and understand the economic hardships that have been placed on our businesses due to COVID 19 as well as other government overregulation. I was concerned about this and wanted the implementation date to be delayed so that the three pet stores in San Antonio could have time to figure out a path forward that didn’t negatively impact their stores and employees. While that delay didn’t pass, I am hopeful that the City will continue to work with the businesses who came forward so that they will not be negatively impacted by this ordinance. Ultimately this was a decision about business practices, rather than the businesses themselves.”