SALT LAKE CITY -- Legislation making it a class C misdemeanor to sell or give away a dog or cat in public areas was voted down Tuesday in a Senate committee.
Members of the Senate Transportation Committee voted 2-2 on a proposal limiting the sale of dogs and cats in public areas. The measure required a majority vote to be advanced to the Senate.
The bill, SB 253, was sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City.
Gene Baierschmidt, executive director of the Humane Society of Utah, said selling dogs and cats in parking lots at Wal-Mart has become problematic, as many of the animals have medical issues and the impulse buys often end up in the shelter. He described the bill as a tool to reduce the number of animals coming into shelters.
Baierschmidt said the shelter receives about 10,000 animals a year, about 300 of who have significant medical issues. He estimates 3,000 of the animals are euthanized.