Roadside Pet Sales No More

October 25, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 430 comments
Tags: pet, dog, cat, sales, texas, shelters

Harris County Texas recently banned the roadside sale of animals. It's a move that officials hope will help cut down on pet-overpopulation – which is crippling Texas animal shelters.

Pet overpopulation is at issue in almost every part of the country. Many point the finger at irresponsible breeding and a lack of affordable spay/neuter programs.

Harris County officials admit that the new law won't completely stop the problem – they expect roadside sellers will set-up their stands in nearby counties that don't have the ban.

But laws like this are quickly spreading through Texas. Houston, for example, passed the same law in July. The punishment - a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who presided over the case said, “The sales ban would eliminate the profit motive for people selling sick or inbred animals...it not only protects the animals...but protects buyers from doing business with unscrupulous breeders.”

The county's Department of Public Health said the law will also curb inhumane and unhealthy breeding – both of which are a major contributor to the high euthanization rate.

Does your city or county have a similar law? How do you think a national roadside pet sales ban would affect the pet overpopulation problem? Share your thoughts under this story. Send us your favorite pet videos at the zootooTV tab.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

One step at a time

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Hopefully this will catch on elsewhere.

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