Pet shops in Pierce County: New rules against puppy mills

A protester stands outside the Puppyland pet store in Puyallup. The Pierce County Council on Tuesday passed a law that would tighten regulations governing the business.

A protester stands exterior the Puppyland pet store in Puyallup. The Pierce County Council on Tuesday passed a law that would tighten polices governing the company.


Pierce County lawmakers have passed safeguards for pet dogs offered in pet stores, and the consumers who acquire them, in a bill that some animal advocates say adds a layer of protection in opposition to so-called dog mills.

The County Council on Tuesday created it unlawful for retail pet outlets in the unincorporated county to provide dogs more youthful than eight months previous, and this sort of merchants are now necessary to attain their pet dogs from an corporation accredited by the U.S. Section of Agriculture, or an specific, that is in compliance with a lot more stringent Washington law on dog breeding.

Permitted by a 5-2 vote, the invoice also mandates that shops disclose all fiscal information for the sale of a pet dog, which includes funding or credit score selections.

“It’s been a extended path, but I imagine we have observed a way that will do the job in Pierce County,” explained Councilmember Jani Hitchen, who spearheaded the ordinance, which was in the operates for about a yr.

The ordinance will impact only one particular establishment, the Puyallup-based Puppyland, given that it is the lone retail store that sells puppies in the county. Washington banned any new pet shops from selling puppies past calendar year.

Councilmember Dave Morell, who voted against the county bill Tuesday alongside with Councilmember Amy Cruver, prompt that Puppyland has been unfairly targeted.

“I really do not head an ordinance that receives to transparency, that offers with purchaser safety,” he claimed. “It’s just when you consider to regulate a organization out of business enterprise — that I have a problem with.”

Morell explained that the retail store had received 9 grievances in 2020 but no animal control violations on even more inspections. He also said that the shop sells 1,700 puppies yearly on typical, inspects each individual breeder that it purchases from and has not contributed to the increasing quantity of canine getting deserted in the county.

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, a nonprofit that contracts with the county to give shelter solutions, obtained 272 canines in February, up from 188 the year prior, in accordance to the county. Veterinarian prices at the shelter have also skyrocketed due to the fact 2018.

Hitchen has reported the ordinance was under no circumstances about a one store.

The monthly bill will make “meaningful progress in the ideal direction” toward curtailing puppy dog mills, where by breeders elevate a substantial quantity of pet dogs, usually in deplorable problems, with the intention of generating gain, in accordance to Kirsten Gregory, the director of animal cruelty response and prevention for Pasado’s Harmless Haven, a Sultan-dependent animal advocacy firm.

The monthly bill need to however be signed by County Executive Bruce Dammeier prior to it goes into outcome.

Pet shops in Pierce County: New rules against puppy mills

Shea Johnson joined The Information Tribune in 2022. He formerly coated metropolis and county governments in Las Vegas and Southern California. His do the job has been regarded by the Countrywide Headliner Awards and many times by the California Information Publishers Association, which includes as a finalist for investigative reporting. He gained his bachelor’s degree from Cal State San Bernardino.