Truckee adopts law prohibiting sale of cats, dogs in pet stores
February 15, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The town of Truckee this week adopted an ordinance that prohibits the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores.
Truckee Town Council approved the new law at its Feb. 9 meeting, as part of the consent calendar.
Prohibiting the retail sale of dogs and cats within town limits not only protects the welfare of the animals, according to the town, but also the consumer from supporting corrupt animal breeders and the animal mill industry.
Currently, Truckee only has one retail pet store that sells live animals within town limits, Pet Station Truckee. Pet Station, which is in full support of the ordinance, posted the following statement on its website: "Pet Station DOES NOT sell dogs or cats; rather, the staff actively works with local animal shelters to promote area adoptions."
Enforcement of the new ordinance will be handled through the Truckee Police Department. In the event of a verified violation, the owner of the pet store would be issued an administrative citation.
The initial fine is $100 and the subsequent fines for a second or third offence are $200 and $500, respectively.