The B.C. Chihuahua Rescue (www.chirescue.org) applauds the Richmond City Council for drafting a bylaw amendment that will ban the sale of puppies in pet stores. This is the first of its kind in Canada and makes us one step closer to shutting down inhumane puppy mills and being able to guarantee all dogs the proper care and love they deserve.
The vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, where breeding dogs are confined to small wire cages for life, deprived of the basics of humane care with the sole purpose to produce puppies for profit. We support banning the sale of puppies in pet stores in order to make it more difficult for puppy mill owners to find distributors for their puppies.
BC Chihuahua Rescue (B.C.C.R.) has seen far too many times the direct result of puppy mill dogs (traumatized with many behavior issues) impulse buys from pet stores, and abandoned dogs. We help as many as we can , but there are far too many more that need our help. A soaring pet population results in countless dogs being euthanized every year. Our goal is to encourage people to adopt from local shelters, small reputable breeders or rescue groups.
The B.C.C.R. is on a M.A.D. (Make A Difference) campaign! We encourage councils across Canada to ban the commercial sale of puppies in pet stores. Take a stand, make a difference and “Opt to Adopt”.
Linda Lanyon & Mary Ross
Co-founders of BCCR
A special thanks to Linda Lanyon and Mary Ross for providing this position statement and photograph.