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Council Members Farokhi, Smith, Archibong Introduce Legislation Promoting the Adoption of Rescue Animals

Post Date:10/16/2018 2:16 PM


Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Tony Lucadamo
(404) 713-8807

October 16, 2018

Councilmembers Farokhi, Smith, Archibong Introduce Legislation Promoting the Adoption of Rescue Animals

ATLANTA – A bill was introduced Monday proposing a ban on the retail sale of cats and dogs citywide.

The legislation, drafted by Councilmember Amir Farokhi (District 2) and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Carla Smith (District 1) and Natalyn Archibong (District 5), would prohibit so called “puppy and kitten mills” from operating inside Atlanta. Instead, pet stores would exclusively offer cats and dogs for adoption. 

Farokhi believes that the ordinance puts a marker down for the city, one that hits close to home.

“Atlanta is a humane city and our policies toward animals should reflect that.” Farokhi said. “My wife and I own a rescued dog and two rescued cats. Our city should follow the lead of many others to promote the adoption of rescued animals and reduce demand for inhumane puppy and kitten mills.”

The ordinance has the support of the Atlanta Humane Society. They issued a statement arguing that the bill will result in a much-needed increase in adoptions for local animals in need.

“The Atlanta Humane Society supports adoption because purchasing a pet leaves fewer options for so many homeless dogs and cats,” said Gloria Dorsey, vice president of Community Outreach and Advocacy. “Agencies across the city have purebred and highly adoptable animals who have been vetted and are ready to step into their forever homes.” 

The legislation now moves to the Public Safety Committee where the issue will be taken up next Tuesday, October 23rd at 3 p.m.