People again urge Grove City Council to pass bill placing restrictions on pet stores

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GROVE CITY, Ohio (WCMH)–A Petland on London Groveport Road opens February 27 in Grove City. The question remains, will they be able to sell puppies from high-volume breeders?

The revised ordinance before the Grove City Council would only allow for pets from shelters and rescues to be sold in pet stores.

Dressed in red, animal rights advocates once again packed the city council chambers Tuesday night.

It was the first reading of Ordinance C-17-16, which essentially places restrictions on pet shops like Petland and allows them to only sell dogs and cats from rescues, shelters and humane societies. This is a revision of a previous ordinance abandoned two weeks ago.

Mary O’Conner Shaver with Ohio Voters for Companion Animals said fellow animal rights activists support the measure.

“We love it. We think it’s something that the voters and taxpayers of Grove City will embrace and promote,” she said. “We think it’s sustainable and we think it’s a great humane model.”

Mike Gonidakis, attorney for Petland, says they are concentrating on their opening next week but consider this revision a starting point.

“What we hope is the members of council will continued to work with Petland,” he said. “Because at the end of the day, we believe we can have a great ordinance that can ensure that puppy mills are put out of business but allow reputable companies like Petland to operate.”

Once again, supporters urged council members to approve the measure.

But council members appear at odds of how to move forward. Some say this is federal government issue, not something that should be legislated locally.

The ordinance still has an uphill battle. Council members have to decide who will enforce the law, and the costs associated with it.

The second reading is set for March 7. Petland opens its doors 10 a.m. February 27.

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