The City Council of Lawton, Oklahoma is set to impose a $500 fee on pet store owners who sell dogs and cats that haven’t been spayed or neutered.
Pet store owners will be required to have this $500 permit to sell unaltered puppies and kittens. They must obtain a permit for every 50 animals they sell each year. Pet owners are also limited to four permits a year.
City council officials said this new permit will be put into effect to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats
“I’m in favor of the highest cost we can get,” Councilor Randy Warren said. “Pet shops aren’t the problem, but they contribute to the problem. We can’t stop the sale of animals, but we can limit the sale and trading of unaltered animals that have the potential to produce more.”
Pet store owners disagree. The owners of Fins and Critters, a pet store in Lawton, said that the city just wants more money and by doing this the city wants less people to have pets. She said pet owners in the city are already paying too much to the city in sales and property taxes. The city doesn’t go after people who allow their pets to become stray dogs and cats, so she said the city goes after pet stores instead.
The pet store owner also added that because of the new fee, this will add $150 to $200 to the price of puppies at her store. She said the $500 fee will not accomplish anything because pet store owners will still pay for the permit to sell their animals.
The City Council said that they are all fighting for the same cause, to save animals from being euthanized. “This whole ordeal has been about the fact that we spend half a million dollars every year to euthanize more than 4,000 animals,” Council Member Randy Warren said. “That has gotten lost in this whole discussion.”
Source: Tulsa World