Reno Orders Puppy Store to Close, Bans Sales of Dogs, Cats EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!
Washoe County Judge and DA disgrace themselves
Judge Freeman and DA Christopher Hicks, recently re-elected, bent over backwards to accommodate defense by extending trial dates inordinately for an unheard of 3½ years, giving defense time enough to do whatever it takes to win, likely with the backing of the organization formerly knows at PIJAC, now rebranded as a benign Pet Advocacy Network, which has worked tirelessly (and mostly ineffectively) for years to end puppy mill store bans. They did succeed, however, in passing legislation in AZ and OH to ban municipal puppy mill store bans on a statewide level, though they tried unsuccessfully to pass same in ½ a dozen other states.
All that time gave the Defense the opportunity to weaken the prosecution's case. Who knows, possibly buying off witnesses or gathering money-crazed veterinarians who might testify that the Schneiders' torturous methods were AOK by them. The DA clearly didn't want to take the chance of losing the case, the cowards, for the original indictment is very hard to argue with: The Schneiders clearly appeared to be practicing veterinary medicine without a license to do so, resulting in the illness and untimely deaths of puppies in their care. Had this been a child day-care center, would the business had been allowed to remain open after such dereliction of duty to the innocents who were at the mercy of their safe-keeping? Then why was the puppy store allowed to continue to garner obscene profits over their mostly inbred puppy mill-produced animals, all the while continuing to garrison their defense?
PUPPY MILL FREE RENO/SPARKS/WASHOE CALLS FOR A RECALL PETITION OF THE RECENTLY ELECTED DA
A recall of DA Christopher Hicks, due to incompetency, would not be inordinate in this case. Puppy Mill Free Reno/Sparks/Washoe/Northern Nevada encourages a recall petition and a special election to restore faith and competency to a disgraced and shameful Washoe County District Attorney's Office at once!
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Puppy Mill Store Realities
Former Employee Speaks Out
Reno Store GONE!
Reno Municipal Code online
ADMINISTRATIVE CODE City of RENO, NEVADA
Title 4 - BUSINESS LICENSE CODE
CHAPTER 4.04. - GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 4.04.067. - Retail sale of dogs and cats in commercial establishments.
(1) The retail sale (including both primary and accessory use) of dogs and cats in pet stores and/or commercial establishments shall be prohibited.
a. Breeders that do not exceed the commercial breeder threshold, as defined by Washoe County, are exempt from this prohibition.
(2) A pet store may provide space to an animal rescue organization to offer to the public dogs or cats for adoption; provided that the pet store shall not have any ownership interest in the animals offered and shall not receive any fee for providing space or for the adoption of any of the animals.
a. An animal rescue organization means an animal control center, animal shelter, or nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under Section 50l(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, whose mission and practice is the rescue and placement of animals in permanent homes. This term does not include an entity that breeders or brokers animals or obtains animals from breeders or brokers in exchange of payment or compensation.
(Ord. No. 6575, § 1, 8-12-20)
Editor's note— Ord. No. 6575, § 1, adopted August 12, 2020, repealed the former § 4.04.067, and enacted a new § 4.04.067 as set out herein. The former § 4.04.067 pertained to 'Moratorium on the acceptance of business license applications for pet stores intending to conduct sales of dogs, cats or rabbits' and derived from Ord. No. 6329, § 1, adopted April 16, 2014.
NO MORE PUPPY MILL STORES!
ANIMAL TORTURE CAUSING DEATH
Contact Sparks City Council before 8/24 Council Meeting
Ask them to pass an end to sales of dogs and cats in retail stores in Sparks
Contact Sparks City Council
Contact each member of the Sparks City Council at once by using this email address.
Ask them to please do what Reno City Council is doing: end the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in the city limits once and for all.
Puppy Love, SPARKS
5318 Sparks Boulevard #100, Sparks
Moment of Celebration
Reno Council unanimously votes for Puppy Mill Store closures and ban.
Puppy Plus and Puppy Love long-standing "F" from BBB
Contact Washoe County Commission
Contact each member of the Washoe County Commission at once using this email address.
Ask them to please do what Reno City Council is doing and end the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in the county once and for all.
Contact Washoe District Attorney in Support of Court Case
District Attorney Scott Hicks, Jr.
Thank them for bringing this case, so supported by the Northern Nevada Community, to court. Anyone have any information to give, contact them here.