Clark County proposal would ban dogs, cats, rabbits and pigs from pet stores

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — A Clark County proposal would ban the sale of dogs, cats, rabbits and pigs at local pet stores.

The proposal, according to Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, would be an effort to curb the growing pet population in local shelters, overbreeding and inhumane treatment of animals.

“Nationally, approximately 500,000 dogs are used for this breeding every day. What we are trying to target are those who are really being treated inhumanely. All we’re trying to do is catch those who sell dogs, rabbits and other animals that have been raised irresponsibly. It’s just a common sense approach to doing it,” Naft said.

Other cities and states across the country have grappled with the issue of banning pets from pet stores.

Across Clark County, local shelters have reported increased animal abandonment and decreased capacity for all animals.

FOX5 contacted numerous pet stores, which expressed concern about the proposal.

The owner of Puppy World, which sells dogs for around $3,000 per puppy, tells FOX5 that their dogs come from licensed breeders and are not the types of breeds you find in a shelter. The Puppies Available website lists breeds such as a Boston Terrier, Pug, Chihuahua, Bichon Frize, and Australian Shepherd.

Trevor Duggan tells FOX5 all of his dogs are microchipped and doubts local shelters are seeing puppies from his stores end up there, also proposing that the county crack down on owners who don’t spay or neuter their pets . A letter sent by him to the Clark County Commissioners states the following:

Naft said the proposal would require a business impact assessment.