The owner of Petland Dallas is suing the city of Dallas over its decision to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. The city’s human animal facility ordinance goes into effect in November.
Jay Suk’s lawsuit said the order passed earlier this month will force his store to close and put its 30 employees out of work.
The lawsuit filed by North Dallas franchise company D&J Pets in a Dallas County court claims the measure discriminates against the store and violates the Texas Constitution. The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing the order from taking effect and more than $1 million in damages.
The lawsuit said that sales of puppies and kittens accounted for 80% of Petland Dallas’ annual revenue and that the store purchased cats and dogs “only from professional breeders and never from substandard breeders.”
Petland Dallas said in its lawsuit that it has sold more than 15,000 dogs and cats to about 12,000 families and that the store “sources and sells animals only from department-approved breeders and dealers.” of United States Agriculture and certain hobby breeders, as defined by federal animal protection law.
Petland Dallas said, according to his lawsuit, that he has repeatedly offered to discuss his operations with members of the Dallas City Council and “remains ready and willing to discuss common sense regulations.”
“The closure of Petland Dallas will not negatively impact substandard breeders because Petland Dallas does not acquire puppies from substandard breeders,” the company said in the lawsuit.
The city said it could not comment on ongoing litigation.
Dallas is the latest major city in Texas to adopt such regulations, joining five states and more than 400 localities, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
The lawsuit and the city’s humane pet store ordinance can be read below.