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Commissioners approve ban on retail and outdoor sale of animals

By on June 21, 2022 0

Forsyth County commissioners recently took action to protect their “four-legged” and slightly more surly voters.

At a regular meeting on Thursday, June 16, commissioners approved amendments to the Forsyth County Animal Control Ordinance to ban both retail and ‘roadside’ sales. domestic cats, dogs and rabbits.

Approved changes include updated definitions, a ban on the retail sale of animals in pet stores, requirements for adopting animals in pet stores, a ban on the sale of animals in the open air and permission to enforce the ordinance.

County Attorney Ken Jarrard said the order would strictly enforce that a pet store, as defined by the code, “may not sell, advertise for sale, barter, offer to adoption, barter, offer for sale, auction or otherwise deliver or transfer”. a cat or a dog.

However, Jarrard noted that the order would not prohibit animal rescue organizations or shelters from displaying animals in pet stores.

“Nothing in this section prevents a pet store from providing appropriate space and care for cats and dogs belonging to an animal control facility or animal rescue organization maintained in the pet store for the purpose of adopt these animals to the public,” Jarrard said. .

Jarrard also explained that if a pet facility were to exhibit an organization’s animals, a notification should be placed in a “prominent location on that assigned animal’s cage or enclosure stating the name of the animal control facility. animals or rescue organization” that the animal belongs to.

The ordinance also prohibits “roadside sales“, indicating the sale and transfers of animals in certain places such as the roadside, public rights-of-way, boardwalks, median parks, recreation areas, flea markets or other outdoor markets and commercial or retail parking lots.

Jarrard said the rule does not apply to exhibiting animals at county fairs or shows, 4-H programs or educational programs.

In a previous meeting, a stakeholder explained that the issues driving the changes were possible undisclosed animal prices and breeder information, sourcing of inhumane breeders, especially puppy mills , pet overpopulation, and high-interest pet loans.

Many affected stakeholders shared their opinions on the ordinance, all expressing their support for the changes. Nobody spoke in opposition during the meeting.