STAFF REPORTS) - In the city where (almost) anything goes, dogs, cats, hamsters,
mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other common pets could become
officials are considering a ban on the sale of all pets except fish as a
way to curb unwanted animals getting dumped at shelters or euthanized.
who want a pet would have to get one in another city, adopt from a shelter
or rescue group, or find one through the classifieds, reported the San Francisco
buy small animals all the time as an impulse buy, don't know what they're
getting into, and the animals end up at the shelter and often are euthanized,"
said Sally Stephens, chairwoman of San Francisco's Commission of Animal
Control and Welfare. "That's what we'd like to stop."
approval of the ban would come from the city's Board of Supervisors.
of rescue groups ensure excess puppies and kittens are not the problem at
the city shelter.
aren't so lucky. Officials said people no longer want them once the nocturnal
animals maniacally race on their exercise wheels in the middle of the night
or bite them, reported the Chronicle .
are euthanized more that any other animal at the city's shelter, said Rebecca
Katz, director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control.
pet store owners oppose the proposal.
terrible. A pet store that can't sell pets? It's ridiculous," said
John Chan, manager of Pet Central, which has been in business 30 years.
"We'd have to close."
Baker, owner of Feathered Follies and president of a parrot rescue group
in nearby Concord, sent a flier that warned such a ban could spread beyond
It would be a precedent-setting law if enacted and invariably would be the
model used by other communities," the flier stated, reported SFist