Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Toronto Pet Store Owner Opposes Ban On Pet Sales In Shops

A pet shop owner in Toronto doesn’t like plans to regulate the sale of cats and dogs at his store.

Last May, Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38,) proposed a bylaw that would ban the sale of dogs or cats in all pet stores in Toronto, unless the sales are through a registered rescue group, such as the Toronto Humane Society.

John Emmanouil, operates Marta’s Pet and Aquaria, and he says the proposed ban is unfair.

“If I’m able to sell healthy animals, then I should have the option to do that,” he said.

“I have been selling kittens and been getting them from the people in the area… I take them in and the vet examines them, vaccinates them, de-worms and everything,” Emmanouil said.

He explained that the sources of the kittens are not registered, so they don’t qualify as a rescue group, “so these kittens would end up in the Humane Society cages or on the street because they (the people from the area) wouldn’t be able to get rid of them by handing them to me.” Read more at www.torontoobserver.ca.