But Louis McCann, president and CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada, doesn't see it that way.
"We, as an association, are of the philosophy that any source can have the privilege and the right to offer animals for sale or adoption, provided it's done properly," he
"We believe the orientation taken by the committee (of the whole) eliminates one of these good sources."
said reputable pet stores have protocols in place and work with veterinarians to ensure the animals they are selling are healthy.
"There is no evidence to suggest that transmission of disease is higher in this type of establishment than any other one," he
recommends the city take a different approach.
"I don't think the city should target pet stores," he
"If they're looking at a responsible pet ownership bylaw, or improving their own municipal bylaw, they should target and look at all the different pet establishments that operate within the city - and that means shelters, rescues, pet stores, municipal animal control facilities.
All should be painted with the same brush, in terms of what kind of care they provide to their animals and what kind of information they offer to the general public or the prospective pet owners."
said the advisory council has no objections to municipalities requiring pet stores to be licensed.
The advisory council has also recommended the city work with those who offer pets for sale or adoption to develop a "common message that deals with responsible pet ownership, that promotes the positive pet experience and get the buy-in from all the different establishments to promote that message," he