Carmel proposes to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – Carmel could become the last city in Indiana to ban the sale of dogs and cats in retail stores. Proponents say it’s a safeguard to protect against “puppy mills”.

“When I was a reporter in Jacksonville, Florida, at a newspaper, I saw firsthand some of the abuse that was happening in puppy mills. I was there when the police seized puppies from a puppy mill closed, with matted fur and a horrible smell,” said Councilman Adam Aasen, who proposed the ordinance.

Aasen wants to make sure that unscrupulous breeders cannot sell dogs and cats to pet stores. National chains such as Petco and PetSmart do not sell dogs and cats in their stores.

“We see some of these pet stores selling cats and dogs on the fringes and borders just outside of our city in a lot of our neighboring communities,” Aason said.

Violators could be fined $2,500 per violation. The proposal does not prohibit pet stores from working with animal shelters to present pets for sale or adoption. Carmel has already banned puppy mills and restrictions on breeders.

“It’s the right thing for animals, every living creature, especially those that don’t have a voice and can’t speak for themselves, deserve a champion to speak on their behalf,” Aasen said.

Columbus and Bloomington have already passed ordinances banning the sale of pets. Last fall, the Indianapolis City Council proposed a similar order but he did not receive a vote.