Wentzville aldermen defeat animal sales ban

Thursday, September 9, 2010 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in Wentzville has been defeated.

KTVI-TV reports that aldermen on Wednesday voted 3-3 on Alderman Nick Guccione's proposal, which was intended to fight puppy mills by closing their distribution channels. The mayor refused to break the tie, which meant the proposal was defeated.

Missouri is believed to lead the nation in the number of puppy mills.

Guccione's proposal would have prohibited stores from selling, delivering, bartering, auctioning or giving away dogs and cats. It exempted those that breed and sell animals on the same premises.

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