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Help Vernon, British Columbia Ban the Sale of Dogs in Pet Stores

Published on January 23, 2013 in Blog

Many dogs sold in Canadian pet stores are brought into Canada through dog brokers in the United States.  Dogs bred and acquired through these brokers often suffer terrible neglect.  The same conditions can be found in many Canadian puppy mills.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Three municipalities in Canada have banned, or severely restricted, the sale of puppies  in pet stores: first was Richmond, BC; then Toronto (which also banned cat sales), followed by Mississauga, ON.

So the City of Vernon, BC, would be in good company should Council decide to restrict pet stores to adoptions through rescue groups and shelters.

Gina, a resident of Vernon made a presentation to Council last week, asking Council to consider a similar ban.

Vernon City Council is meeting again on January 28, 2013 to examine the impact such a decision would have on the City’s existing bylaws.

Your voice would be much appreciated.  Please send a polite letter or email to Council, urging them to take this important step forward – a complete ban on the sale of all live animals.  Let them know that you believe animals should be adopted only through rescue groups and shelters, not purchased in a store like a widget.

If you’d like to see Gina’s submission to Council, check out page 39 – 48 via this link:

Thank you for speaking out for the animals!


Contact Info for the City of Vernon

City Hall: 8:30 am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
3400 30th Street
Vernon, BC
V1T 5E6
Fax: 250-545-7876

Mayor Robert Sawatzky

Patrick Nicol:
Cell: 250-550-6823

Juliette Cunningham:
Cell: 250-309-2432

Catherine Lord:
Cell: 250-309-1685

Bob Spiers :

Brian Quiring:
Cell: 250-309-2861

Mary-Jo O’Keefe :
Cell: 250-540-0634

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