No takers for parking lot pet permits; citations issued

Mesa County Animal Services Director Penny McCarty has received plenty of calls about a 2-month-old ordinance requiring parking lot pet-sellers to get a permit.

The calls aren’t from people seeking permits, though.

No one has applied for the free permits since applications became available at www. in late May. Nine people, though, have been cited for trying to sell pets in public spaces without a permit. McCarty said calls from concerned citizens have helped Animal Services officers find and cite people disobeying the ordinance and fewer people are now attempting to sell animals in store parking lots and other public venues.

“The word has sort of gotten around that you can’t do this. It seems to be effective,” McCarty said.

The public pet re-homing permit application process involves the seller taking all animals they plan to sell to a veterinarian and having the vet examine each animal to make sure they are at least 8 weeks old, certify that all animals have the proper vaccinations for their ages, and declare none of the animals show signs of infectious diseases. The seller also has to complete a permit application and submit it to Animal Services, and get written permission from a property owner to sell the pets in a location.

McCarty said she has received numerous calls from would-be pet sellers who are concerned they cannot sell their animals in Mesa County because they don’t think they will get permission from a property owner. Some have complained they cannot sell pets for as much money in other less-populated counties in the region.

Those complaints are unlikely to deter the county from retaining the ordinance. McCarty said she hopes the long-term effect of discouraging non-permit pet sales in public will discourage impulse dog or cat purchases that may lead to people reconsidering and dropping the animals off at the Animal Services shelter.

“The hope is it will have an effect on our shelter population,” she said.


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