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City Council Passes Ordinance Banning Roadside Sale of Animals

During this week’s Formal Meeting, City Council unanimously passed an ordinance which bans the roadside sale of animals.

 “This much-needed ordinance is a great stride toward our mission of encouraging responsible ownership and the humane treatment of animals in the city of Colorado Springs. Banning the roadside display and sale of animals will stop puppy millers, backyard breeders and distributors from selling or giving animals away. We’ve seen incidents in which animals are too young, are not properly vaccinated and haven’t received proper veterinary care. These types of sales only add to an already serious pet overpopulation problem in our community,” said Jan McHugh-Smith, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

According to the Humane Society, El Paso County’s animal shelters and rescues cared for more than 19,000 animals in 2011, and more than 6,000 animals are at risk for euthanasia each year because of overpopulation.

Intended to stop puppy millers and backyard breeders, this ordinance does not:

  • Take away a citizen’s right to own animals or sell them in private venues.
  • Inhibit breeders or pet stores from producing and selling high quality healthy animals.
  • Prevent adoption events by nonprofit animal rescues or shelters.
  • Prevent the sale of agricultural livestock.

This ordinance is also scheduled to be presented to the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners for approval on Oct. 11 to encourage consistent enforcement across jurisdictions.

“A task force was formed last year to look for opportunities for the city and county to work together on matters relating to the Humane Society. This ordinance is an excellent example of how by working together on regional solutions we can streamline the effectiveness of enforcement by the Humane Society by having the same laws in place for both the city and county,” stated Council President Pro-Tem Jan Martin.