(i) any premises from which a business of selling animals as pets is carried on, and
"When you go to a shelter, you don't know what you're going to get. A lot of them have emotional baggage. You're taking a risk," Derraugh said. Her clean, homey store, decorated with photos of celebrity clients like Sarah Jessica Parker, sells Pomeranians for $699, Chihuahuas for $799, and something she calls a "Chiweenie" — a Chihuahua-Daschund cross — for $950.
The Holly Springs City Council vote now bars local pet shops from selling dogs and cats, but allows them to offer animals for adoption obtained from a shelter or rescue organization and requires shops to maintain records documenting the source of their animals for at least one year, for inspection upon request by the city manager, police chief or other authorized person.
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(a) kept in suitable accommodation,
Sometimes someone says "I love working with animals. So what is wrong with opening a shop to sell puppies (or other animals)?" My short answer is that you can't sell aimals for a profit and at the same time do right by them. If your view of pets is that they are just kind of cute livestock then nothing I say is going to matter to you. But if you emotionally care about what happens to these animals then a pet shop that sells live animals isn't the answer.How does this relate to pet shops? It is very difficult to find pet shop animals in which any attempt has been made to breed for good health by testing for, recording and tracking health issues. It is rare to the point of obscurity that any pet shop or breeder of pet shop animals will require their buyers to test their pets for heart, eye, thyroid, hearing and joint problems (or whatever depending upon breed) and to report the results to a central database so that that information can contribute to avoiding repeating bad risks. Most buyers haven't a clue that they SHOULD report such things. Some (rare) pet shop breeders have tested the parents, but that isn't nearly enough to be useful. It is basic rules of genetics. (See ). The testing is also expensive. Usually it is done by breeders who are emotionally committed to breeding the most healthy and fit dogs they can. That is what drives them. They aren't breeding for income so they aren't worried about the cost the tests and records need to breed for good health. So it is going to be darned rare that I can find animals that were bred with sufficient effort to breed for good health that I could sell in a pet shop and make a profit.First, I think that everyone deserves a healthy pet. Since these are living things there is always a risk of health problems. But I do think that a person who brings pets into this world has a duty to try to reduce those risks. A breeder of pets has a responsibility to try their best to breed for good health. Doing that takes both knowledge and the willingness to spend money for testing, and spend time and effort in researching the parents, grandparents, great grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. That requires that most of all of these relatives belong to people who care enough to submit records and information on the relatives. People who claim that mixing lines or breeds results in better health are either ignorant or liars. It can result in better or worse health depending on what you start with, and if you don't know what you are starting with you are not breeding with knowledge, you are gambling. It isn't nice to gamble with people's hearts, nor with the health of their pets.The way I can best live up to my responsibility is to improve my chances of predicting the qualities of the pet I am trying to place. I can do that in an adult animal I have spent a great deal of time with, e.g. I live with it. Or I can base it on the known the qualities of the the parents, grandparents, great grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. If I have a baby animal and I know little or nothing about the qualities of the relatives I have no realistic way of predicting the qualities of the baby animal as pet. I cannot improve the chances of making a good match because I don't really know what I have.