This isn’t my usual kind of post, but as a dog owner, I think this is a good move. Richmond council is making the right move by banning puppy sales in retail outlets. There’s a store in Richmond Centre that I can think of being affected. I think the conditions in that store was okay.
However, a similar store in Burnaby had really deplorable conditions. The pups would just pee and poop in the cage. The cage was lined with strips of paper. So the dog’s poop and pee would just be there for a long time until a store worker had time to clean it up.
This sort of set up is totally against what most puppy training books tell you. The dog’s have a sense of cleanliness where they try not to deficate in their living area. However, the set up in this particular pet store creates unhygienic conditions and teaches the pup bad bathroom habits.
So kudos to Richmond city council on this bold move. I hope other municipalities will follow. I believe this will help limit the purchase of pups from puppy mills. Puppy mills are notorious for just pumping out pups with little regard for the conditions that the pups grow up in. Best to find a registered breeder.