Have talked to a lot of elected officials over the past 4 months: one thing seems to be clear at the start of the new year: they all signal they are DONE with puppy stores.
To the person, they all think the trial will find the Schneiders guilty followed with the requisite closing of both stores they own.
Makes us uneasy as the trial could go either way. And frankly—it seems anyway—the more confident a party the more the surprise when the jury foreperson declares
“We the jury have found the defendants (pause…. drama….) NOT guilty!”
Asked about such a contingency they all have declared, “Well, then we’ll have to see what steps we will have to take….”
Making it feel pretty certain that one way or another the stores will be closing, whether through ordinance such as in Reno or by the recent licensing requirement of the stores that could have Animal Services bear down on them in such a way the owners would cry “Uncle!”
Sparks, by the way, is excluded in all this. They just simper at activists from the dais when asked to meet with them. The Libertarian juggernaut that is the Sparks Council is immovable. But when Schneiders are found guilty, the matter will, finally, be out of their hands. We’d sure like to see an ordinance there preventing any future stores from coming in and starting the whole mess 0ver again. Anyone who does any mild amount of research will come to the same conclusion:
There are no good puppy mill stores.
An awful lot of questions remain and we blanch at the cavalier attitude to a jury trial, especially after witnessing the Writ hearing where it was clear to all the DA of the day could have been stronger.
But the bottom line is as in our top line: Local officials are sick of the hot mess that are puppy stores and the community is marching to end them.
We all wish it would be sooner than later.