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Mayor: Ban Puppy Stores in Brick

Acropolis plans ordinance to prevent new puppy stores

In the wake of the on Hooper Avenue, Brick's mayor is proposing an ordinance that will prevent new puppy stores from opening their doors in the township.

"This is an issue whose time has come," Acropolis said. "We have to do something to stop these puppy stores and puppy mills. I have heard heartbreaking stories from many residents about their experiences with these stores."

Acropolis said he has directed Township Attorney Jean Cipriani to draft an ordinance that will place restrictions on puppy stores and kennels in the township. The proposed ordinance would prohibit the establishment of any new stores that sell dogs or cats or any breeder that sells more than 10 puppies in a calendar year.

The law would not apply to any establishment operating prior to January 1, 2012.

The ordinance also gives the township the power to suspend or revoke a pet shop, small breeder, shelter or pound’s license if the establishment fails to maintain proper hygiene and exercise "reasonable care in safeguarding the health of animals in its custody or care," according to a statement from the mayor's office. 

The township would also revoke a business's license if it is determined they sold animals unfit for purchase.

Acropolis said he was "appalled" at the condition of Puppies Galore and how the animals were cared for.

The store's owner, Maria De Santis, with 38 counts of animal cruelty stemming from the case, and Nathan "Nat" Sladkin, the store's manager, has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty.

The township council on Tuesday night voted to to operate.

J.JONES February 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM
No friends or relatives in that business I guess ??
Wayne February 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Yes, I am in favor of an ordinance that would ban the sale of puppies and place restrictions on puppy stores and kennels in our Township. Moreover, we need legislation and provisions for the court, upon finding a person or operator of a store selling animals guilty of abusing an animal or otherwise violating the State animal cruelty laws to be issued an animal protection order against the person or store operator adjudged guilty of the abuse or other violation, requiring the person to refrain from interacting with any animal PERMANENTLY. There are several bills pending in the State Legislature but with less teeth and more bark. The time for the enactment and implementation of animal protection measures is long overdue. Admittedly, I do not want to read about this same store operator, Mr. Sladkin committing the same heinous offences moving forward.
Brick Resident 2 March 14, 2012 at 02:14 AM
So on a more serious note, I would vote to close any liquor establishment to which a drunk driver was served "too many" then caught driving. We should protect ourselves at least as much as we are protecting pets. No?
Brick Resident 2 March 14, 2012 at 02:18 AM
By the way how much money can we stomach to spend in town to defend against lawsuits from people challenging the constitutionality of these decisions? What law firm would benefit from this sort of arbitrary removal of "free enterprise" by local politicians?
Natalie Markova March 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Please sign our petition if you are against puppy stores in Monmouth and Ocean! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/638/849/606/ Have sent this to Brick a few times now. Puppy Stores cost taxpayers by flooding the area with more dogs when the area is riddled with kill shelters. What the area needs is responsible breeders, adoptions and responsible owners. One of the reasons puppy stores do so well is they don't do any checks - any idiot can have a dog. The 10 dog limit is being raised... it is understood that the numbers are too low for dog clubs. Perhaps all those against the ban should road trip to PA when they see where these dogs come from. The parents are kept in cages for a lifetime while they breed out litter after litter of often sick puppies. Are you OK with giving your daughter a puppy for Christmas and then helping her bury it in the yard by Spring? Didn't think so. Responsible Breeders do home checks, they don't sell dogs in a store. Remember the dirty hoarding situation in Spring Lake? He was selling to Puppy stores. It's not about freedom, it's about cheating the public and mistreating living creatures.

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