Grove City Councilman Ted Berry on Feb. 1 withdrew an ordinance he had sponsored that would have prohibited the sale of pets from high-volume breeders.

Grove City Councilman Ted Berry on Feb. 1 withdrew an ordinance he had sponsored that would have prohibited the sale of pets from high-volume breeders.

Berry said he and Councilwoman Laura Lanese would work to draft a new ordinance to limit the sources of dogs and cats sold in the city to only those coming from rescue organizations and/or animal-care facilities.

He had voted against a special-use permit council had granted in December to allow Petland to build and open a store on London Groveport Road, citing concerns about Petland's sale of puppies and whether the company would sell any pets from shelters and rescue organizations.

Among other requirements, the measure would have prohibited a business from selling a pet that had been obtained from a high-volume breeder or received from a distributor or corporation that buys from a high-volume breeder.

The penalty for violating any portion of a new law was changed from a first-degree misdemeanor to a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Read the full story in the Feb. 4 edition of ThisWeek Grove City Record.