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Salt Lake City passes pet sale ordinance

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City has a new ordinance prohibiting pet stores from selling animals unless they come from a shelter or rescue operation. The Salt Lake City Council passed it last night.

“Everyone loves dogs, cats and rabbits, so the motion passes unanimously,” said Councilman Charlie Luke after the vote.

Council members hope it reduces pet over-population in the city, and makes sure that animals in stores are being treated humanely.

“There are very few times where we are able to vote on something that really is nice,” he said.

Councilman Chris Wharton says it was a unique opportunity to make a difference.

“We don’t always have the opportunity to vote on things like this in Salt Lake and protect animals. I know this is important to me and the constituents I represent,” Wharton said.

The rules apply to dogs, cats and rabbits. The Humane Society of Utah is currently lobbying other cities to follow suit.