Pet-sellers will need a permit in county, city

Pet-peddlers will need a permit to sell cats or dogs in public places in Mesa County starting May 31, according to a resolution passed unanimously Monday by the Mesa County Commission.

Grand Junction City Council members adopted a similar resolution last month. Both resolutions adjust current city and county policy to require people to obtain a Public Pet Rehoming Permit if they plan to sell or give away dogs or cats in any public place in the county or city. A permit is not required for people who sell animals on private property, including at their homes.

The permit is good for 14 days and can be renewed once, according to Mesa County Animal Services Director Penny McCarty. The purpose of the permit, she told commissioners, is to help ensure cats and dogs are at least eight weeks old before they are sold and to make sure the animals have all vaccinations appropriate for their ages. McCarty said the push for a permit stems from complaints animal services has dealt with concerning pets for sale in parking lots that were not healthy, raised properly, or old enough for sale.

“In December 2011, we had two serious attacks from animals we determined were being bred for rehoming,” she added.

Those who obtain a permit will have to post it within six feet of an animal for sale. Any public seller without a posted permit may be approached by law enforcement.


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