Atlanta may ban pet stores from selling cats and dogs

Following in the figurative paw prints of another Fulton County city, Atlanta is considering banning the retail sale of cats and dogs.

A bill that would prohibit so-called "puppy or kitten mills" from operating inside Atlanta was introduced Monday, a press release said. If passed, pet stores could only offer cats and dogs for adoption.

Sandy Springs passed an ordinance in November that banned pet stores from selling dogs and cats obtained from the large-scale commercial breeders. Other Georgia cities to pass such laws includes Canton and Holly Springs.

The Atlanta Humane Society supports the ordinance "because purchasing a pet leaves fewer options for so many homeless dogs and cats," said Gloria Dorsey, AHS's vice president of Community Outreach and Advocacy.

“Agencies across the city have purebred and highly adoptable animals who have been vetted and are ready to step into their forever homes,” Dorsey said in the news release.

The Atlanta City Council legislation was drafted by Councilman Amir Farokhi and co-sponsored by Councilwomen Carla Smith and Natalyn Archibong. The ordinance has moved to the Public Safety Committee, where it will be taken up Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 3 p.m.

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