Comments for: Ban on ‘puppy mill’ dogs fails to advance in Scarborough

Posted Aug. 03, 2012, at 8:48 a.m.

SCARBOROUGH | By a 2-1 vote, the Town Council Ordinance Committee on Tuesday postponed consideration of a ban on the retail sale of puppies from large breeders. With committee Chairwoman Carol Rancourt opposed, Councilors James Benedict and Richard Sullivan voted to table the discussion that began at a June …

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  • Guest

    Puppy mills should be outlawed. Only responsible breeders should be in the business of conscientious dog propagation.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, I had no idea Scarborough’s town council was so ignorant…..good to know.

    • They’re not ignorant. They’re also not legally able to address such issues. The problem needs to be addressed at the breeder level, not the retail level.

  • Anonymous

    While their at it, Scarboro, please stop world hunger…

  • Conley Raye

    If anyone voted against banning puppy mills they need to be ousted. They Cannot have the same compassion and common sense as the majority of America has and only will tend to pull Scarborough down to the sewer of society. OUT THEY GO ALONG WITH THE PUPPY MILLS…..

    • Your comment demonstrates a basic lack of knowledge about the proper role of local government. Past a certain point, they have no legal standing to mandate what kind of dogs and cats are sold in any given town.

      The same thing goes for other products — other than health and safety requirements, local municipalities are not legally in a position to implement these kinds of ordinances. They don’t get to say what books are sold, and they don’t get to say which pets are sold (unless the pets aren’t legal in Maine).

      The problem needs to be tackled at the breeder level, by enforcing the laws already on the books, not by implementing more unenforceable ordinances on retailers.

  • Anonymous

    Gee more anti business legislation from the government. Just what we don’t need. 

    • Anonymous

      I am all for less govt interference but the view that anti-puppy mill is as simple as “anti-business” tells me you don’t care much about animals.

      •  Either that, or maybe Gould understands what a town council can, and cannot legally do.

  • Anonymous

    I withdraw my comment.

  • The article title seems to suggest this is an easy to solve issue, but it sounds like defining and determine what a puppy mill is isn’t very clear cut from a regulatory perspective. It seems like there needs to be a better regulation of breeders (like requiring them to have certain certifications or only having X number of puppies per place), or a better education campaign aimed at prospective pet buyers.

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