Two pet stores in New York’s West Village have banned people who may be under the influence of alcohol from buying pets. Le Petite Puppy manager, Fernanda Moritz, said patrons who leave nearby watering holes after happy hour wander into the store to gawk at and sometimes purchase the pups, according to DNAinfo. On at least one occasion, this had an almost fatal outcome.
Moritz said she sold a Chihuahua to a possibly drunk woman, who brought it back the next day almost dead. “We took it to the vet, and he found five pills in the dog’s stomach,” she said. Thankfully, the little guy survived.
Citipups has instituted a similar ban. Leandro Jacoby, the store’s manager, prevents impulse buys by asking drunk customers to come back the next day to make their puppy purchase. Most don’t.
In a few cities across America, it’s already impossible for people who are drunk and sober to take home a furry companion. West Hollywood banned pet stores from selling cats and dogs last year, in the hopes of hurting puppy mills. Stores are still allowed to offer up pets from shelters.
San Francisco is once again considering a ban on purchasing pets of all kinds — yes, even goldfish. Proponents of the Human Pet Acquisition Proposal hope the ban would stop animals from being taken to shelters and being euthanized.
“The pet trade is a multi-billion dollar industry that treats animals as commodities to be bought and sold for profit,” a statement from the Commission of Animal Control and Welfare reads. “This leads to suffering on a massive scale when animals are warehoused, bred for sale, denied socialization and basic veterinary care, and finally transported with minimal care.”