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Thu, Oct 25 | By Matt Van Hoven | 430

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 pa… more ›

Roadside Pet Sales No More
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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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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

one step closer to not having road sales at all!

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

Definitely a needed regulation. How could someone be so dumb to buy a pet by the roadside or at a flea market, etc. Someone this unthinking should probably not own the pet.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

Why would they even have allowed this to begin with???

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

Who would buy a pet this way???

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Way to go Texas. Anything that slows over-population is a good idea. Next step: to make the law nationwide.

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Debbi H.
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Debbi H.
6 years ago

Good for Texas.

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Turnandburn
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Turnandburn
6 years ago

please go to a shelter!

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Jenn
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Jenn
6 years ago

ROADSIDE PET SALES?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THEY NEED TO GET BANNED EVERYWHERE AND A STRICTER PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE SET IN PLACE.

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Rachael A.
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Rachael A.
6 years ago

people try to make a living off this. we need to help local shelters!

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

Backyard breeding, roadside selling - anything to stop it is good.

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

i have never seen this done. i didnt even know it was done.

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Printer1639
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Printer1639
6 years ago

Let's stop this criminal practice. Spay and Neuter America!!!!

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Sherry L.
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Sherry L.
6 years ago

I just can not imagine purchasing a puppy from the side of the road..you do not even know where the puppy came from, if it is sick or anything..there are many great dogs and cats at the local shelter that need wonderful loving homes. The puppy mills need to be closed down!!

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dana R.
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dana R.
6 years ago

Good, no one should be allowed to sell animals on the side of the road. People need to adopt, and fix their damn pets. Be responsible or you get no respect from me.

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Zoolover
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Zoolover
6 years ago

I not sure if these people are puppy mill people. Who on earth would give people money on the side of the road for a puppy. I guess they see that cute little puppy and just want to try to give it a home. Most might not even see a vet or get shots. sad sad story if you look deep into it.

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Lisa
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Lisa
6 years ago

If more localities adopt laws like this, hopefully it will cut down on puppy mill type operations. I guess educating the public about this is still important.

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

I read lots of "great law"'s below...not sure how I feel. I think you're just telling them to go somewhere else to do it. People will find a way -- they'll probably just set up shop on Craigslist. Now there's something else that people should start looking into regulating.

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Getta S.
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Getta S.
6 years ago

Pass that law!You have my support.

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Margene  W.
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Margene W.
6 years ago

That is a great law! If people lose their outlet for selling puppies or kittens,they might slow down or stop their breeding since they can not find buyers.The ones who don't sell will probably be dumped or taken to animal control which is horrible,but at least at a shelter they will be fixed so they can not reproduce.

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

Excellent law and i hope it spreads like wildfire through the other counties so these people can't just move over county lines and do the same thing.

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Jessica R.
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Jessica R.
6 years ago

great law!

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

People just don't understand what they're doing when they buy animals this way. If they refuse to be educated, I guess we have to pass laws. Much as I hate that solution, it's easier to pass a law like this than one that neuters stupid people so they can't breed more stupid people.

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

Hope this law spreads like wild fire. Folks should to go to either a shelter/rescue or a responsible breeder.

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Elizabeth R.
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Elizabeth R.
6 years ago

Roadside sales of animals are common here in Texas but not so much in the Rio Grande Valley (that's deep south Texas for all you non-texans). On occasion I'll see somebody selling bunnies or whatever but that's about it. I, myself, would never buy an animal from the roadside because I wouldn't know its temperament, what the parents look like, what diseases it may have and such. I figure that the reason why Texas has such a problem with roadside animal sales is because we border with Mexico. Mexico, as far as I know, is prevalent with roadside animal sales. Everytime I go to Reynosa, Tamaulipas with my parents I always see people selling puppies along this one stretch of road. A bunch of those puppies are even being sold by a local vet! He would have cages lined up against the curb and fill them with puppies! I feel sorry for the poor things because they'd be out in the heat and such. Anyways, I'm glad that particular county passed such a law. Now, if only there was a way to make it nationwide...

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Gracie88
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Gracie88
6 years ago

We see these all over the place in Arizona....people selling pups to just anyone that comes along...

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
6 years ago

Not all roadside animals are for profit. Maybe they just want to give the dogs a home and prevent them from being strays.

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
6 years ago

I think it is a good idea. Breeding shouldn't be an easy way to make money it should be a calling.

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Kathy S.
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Kathy S.
6 years ago

this is the best idea i heard of in a long time

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
6 years ago

I agree with the judge! How can one - even a shelter - determine the important factors required of a pet owner when a dog is adopted. Lets hope that other countiree in Texas do the same thing!

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RaceyLacey07
6 years ago

I think that the whole US should have this law.. In California, people that live in Mexico will sneak puppies across the border and sell them to people in random parking lots... Those puppies probably have so many diseases and worms and things like that.. The only people that should be allowed to sell dogs to others is professional breeders... Everyone else should get their pet spayed/neutered so we won't have this problem anymore! And people that don't sell puppies/kittens on the street should not support the people selling animals on the street.

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Kim W.
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Kim W.
6 years ago

Sounds like a great idea and I hope every state passes laws like this

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Charlotte C.
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Charlotte C.
6 years ago

It makes me sick whenever I see people on the side of the road selling their puppies, in the sun, with no shade or water. People buy these puppies and then are surprised when they get sick.

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Dee
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Dee
6 years ago

This really needs to be outlawed

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Makenna
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Makenna
6 years ago

why would someone want to buy a dog from the roadside, they will never see the people the selling the dogs, and there is over millions of dogs waiting for homes in animal shelters

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CORIU
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CORIU
6 years ago

reputile breeders would never sell like this, so anything they can do to stop these puppy mill breeders is great

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Amber K.
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Amber K.
6 years ago

this is a good law because people should adopt from animal shelters! they are the animals that need our help.

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Richie0930
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Richie0930
6 years ago

this ban should be put in all cities and all counties every where in the country.

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Koronin
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Koronin
7 years ago

Good for them. I hope they can enforce it. It won't stop pet over population, but it will eliminate one place BYB's sell their puppies.

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Nurse4u92
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Nurse4u92
7 years ago

I wasn't even aware that stuff like this went on! I can't imagine a roadside stand like you're selling fruits or veggies! People will DO ANYTHING to make a buck,no matter how sleazy.

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michelle w.
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michelle w.
7 years ago

People may find their way around it but its one more stump for them to hit their toe on. yay to tx

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Maxinerauh
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Maxinerauh
7 years ago

its great that they're trying to stop this but its not great because if the person cant sell the animal on the street what it they just set it free or dump it in front of a shelter or anywhere else??

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Jena W.
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Jena W.
7 years ago

Wow, just when you think you've seen everything. This is ridculous, and what makes it worse is that people actually buy animals this way!

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Furls
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Furls
7 years ago

Hopefully this will help with the overpopulation as well as deter the breeders. More than this will be needed though.

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Furls
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Furls
7 years ago

Good! I doubt that the sellers care who they are selling to and what is happening to these dogs.

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Tinahan
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Tinahan
7 years ago

This seems really shady. I would never buy an animal without vet records and some sort of application process to know the breeder/seller is for real.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
7 years ago

It is going to be hard to reduce the overpopulation of pets. I do hope some day we can get it under some sort of control. It will help animals and save more lives if people would just get them spayed and neutered.

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shelia s.
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shelia s.
7 years ago

I think they should make spay and neuter a law and if someone wants to breed, they have to get a special permit.

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Amanda V.
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Amanda V.
7 years ago

I know the breeders can find ways around this but I think it is a good step to ending this. I think animals deserve more respect.

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Tammyg
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Tammyg
7 years ago

It may not be the complete solution but it is at least a step in the right direction.

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