Health Dept. Reminds Residents to Adopt Pets from Trusted Businesses, Not Roadside Vendors

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 10:08am

The city is looking to discourage puppy mills and illegal selling of merchandise, in this case animals.

They want to remind residents that adopting a pet from a trusted business or from the Brownsville Animal Shelter is the safest and smartest way to go.

At the animal shelter it's like a revolving door, when one is adopted another moves in. The Brownsville Animal Shelter stays at near capacity throughout the year, on average the shelter houses about 90 animals, both cats and dogs.

Their temporary home may not be the most comfortable, but they are properly cared for, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered before they make their way to their permanent home, after being adopted. Animal control officials say with roadside vendors, you just really don't know.

"The roadside vendors, you don't know where the animals are from, you don't know the history of that animal, you don't know if it's vaccinated." said Robert Dippong, Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center Supervisor.

A road side pet purchase may be convenient for a potential pet owner, but it's illegal for a person to sell an animal this way within the city limits.

"They come out mostly on the weekends, but we do find them on the weekdays, we have an officer that works 24 hours a day and if someone does report it, we'll respond to that area that they're selling and see if we can catch them." said Dippong.

If a person is caught illegally selling four legged merchandise or any live animal, they could face a $200 fine, per animal.

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Leave it to Brownsville, first pets now bags. I cannot wait until election time so that we can vote hot check Ahumada out of office along with the city council.

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