Council postpones vote on pet salesWritten by Bailey G. Dick | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo City Council members decided to postpone arguments on a measure that would restrict pet sales on Toledo.
Councilman Rob Ludeman, who co-sponsored the ordinance that would prohibit the sale of puppies and kittens in shops like the newly-opened The Family Puppy store at Franklin Park Mall, decided to hold off on arguments after two other councilmen proposed amendments to the legislation.
Councilman Tom Waniewski and mayor-elect D. Michael Collins each said they planned to add amendments to the proposed ordinance.
“We need to look at [Councilman] Waniewski’s amendment and the Collins proposal and see if we can blend that with what the ordinance was going to accomplish — something that’s solid but restrictive,” Ludeman said.
John Stottele, the owner of The Family Puppy, said he is still hopeful his store will remain open.
“What I would hope would come out of all of this is that we would be able to continue giving licensed, healthy pets to the people of Toledo,” Stottele said. “I’ve asked City Council why they would want to trade the only regulated source of puppies for an unregulated source.”
Stottele, who was not at the Nov. 26 meeting, said the breeders his company buys puppies from are licensed by the USDA and certified by the American Kennel Club. He also said his stores leave 40 percent of their kennel space open for rescues, and that his company has placed more than 11,000 rescued kittens in homes.
“I think everybody involved is trying to get rid of bad breeders. Let’s just work together to get rid of bad breeders,” Stottele said.
Ludeman said the Nov. 26 meeting was not an ideal time to completely resolve issues over the ordinance.
“We’re not going to debate for four hours right before Thanksgiving,” Ludeman said. “This is important enough for us to have everyone there, and we felt it was best to hold off for two more weeks.”
Council will vote on the ordinance on Dec. 10.