Agenda Item #8B
March 3, 2015
February 27, 2015
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Bill 50-14, Animal Control
Retail Pet Stores
Public Safety Committee recommendation (3-0):
enact Bill 50-14.
Bill 50-14, Animal Control - Retail Pet Stores, sponsored by then-Council Vice President
Leventhal, Councilmembers Navarro, Branson, Riemer, Berliner, Elrich, then-Council President
Rice and Councilmembers Katz, Hucker, and Floreen was introduced on October 28, 2014. A
public hearing was held on January 27 at which the Council heard from individuals that were
supportive and opposed to Bill 50-14. Donald Johnson, Director of the Montgomery County
Animal Services, testified on behalf of the County Executive in support ofBill 50-14 (©63). A
Public Safety Committee worksession was held on February 5.
Bill 50-14 would prohibit certain retail pet stores from selling certain animals bred in certain
breeding facilities. Specifically, Bill 50-14 would prohibit any pet store that operates in the
County's jurisdiction to sell any dog or cat unless the animal was obtained from an animal care
facility or a non-profit rescue organization.
On October 16, 2014 the Public Safety Committee received a briefing on puppy and kitten mills
from the Humane Society and the Division of Animal Services. The Council staff packet for that
briefing can be found at the following link:
council/Resources/Files/agenda/cm/20141141016/20141016 PS4.pdf. A copy of the Powerpoint
presentation provided at that meeting is attached on ©6. After the public hearing, Mike Bober,
Executive ViCe President for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, provided a response to the
Humane Society's presentation. This response in on ©34.
The Animal Welfare Act applies to commercial kennels and requires certain basic
standards of care and treatment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture enforces the Animal Welfare
Act, which required covered entities to provide animals with adequate care and treatment in