j31animal1_t607Missoulians: Please report roadside animal sales to Animal Control! A few years back, Missoula County Animal Control initiated an addition to the city code* prohibiting the roadside sale of animals within city limits.

According to Animal Control personnel: We have closed down at least a dozen or so of these sales within the last year. There is an Animal Control Officer on duty from 7:30 AM to 5 PM seven days a week. Call us at 541-7387 and report where the sales are taking place and we will be there. We only have one officer on duty for the entire county on weekends so it might take us some time to respond but we will check it out ASAP. Thanks for being our eyes and ears. If you tell everyone about our number and to call, we can stop or seriously curtail these puppy sales.

Why should we care about this problem? Breeding for a buck profits from roadside “impulse buys” that can lead to ever more pet abandonment–when shelters are already crammed full. Impulse buying might be OK for shoes and potato chips, but living creatures deserve more thoughtful consideration.

Shelters are bursting full of wonderful cats and dogs, and millions of “excess” animals are killed every year. Why should anyone be breeding more animals?!? At the very least, let’s shut down irresponsible breeders who peddle their “wares” at the roadside–it’s illegal in Missoula!

*Missoula City Code 6.08.447 Pet Sales Prohibited

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, trade, or barter a live animal on a roadside, public right-of-way, commercial parking lot, or at an outdoor special sale, swap meet, flea market, parking lot sale, or similar event.

B. This section does not apply to:

1. A city licensed pet shop.

2. An event held primarily for the sale of agricultural livestock such as hoofed animals or animals or fowl commonly raised for food, dairy, or fiber products; or

3. An animal shelter or an animal control shelter.

4. 4-H and FFA animals sold during the Western Montana Fair on the Missoula County Fairgrounds.

(Ord. 3472, 2011)

This page was published on April 4, 2013.