NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawyers for an East Providence pet shop are taking the city to court over an ordinance passed last week that bans stores from selling dogs or cats.
Perfect Pets, which sells puppies, obtained a temporary injunction barring the city from enforcing its pet store ban until Monday afternoon's hearing in Superior Court.
The Providence Journal reports the ordinance passed unanimously last Tuesday after several people testified about problems with the health and origins of animals sold at pet stores.
Perfect Pets owner Scott Bergantino says the ban is unconstitutional. He also says his dogs come only from breeders he knows, not puppy mills, and that purebred dogs would disappear if breeders were put out of business.
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