Roadside stands sell homegrown tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn, peaches … and puppies. Puppies? I have never seen anyone selling puppies beside the road, but that is what a new Fort Worth ordinance is meant to curtail and I understand that it is very common practice. Evidently some unsavory characters have set up puppy mills and are selling the animals along roadsides and at flea markets.
Animal control officials are warning that some of these sales have involved animals with the Parvo virus and rabies. Yes, I said RABIES.
An article on SafeBreeder.com states, “Puppy mills make money in the same way that managed health care makes money, by limiting costs.” Limiting costs means no vaccinations, no veterinary care, poor nutrition and conditions that you wouldn’t allow a dog to live in, literally.
Kudos to the Fort Worth city council for taking action on this.