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Brick Ordinance Could Bar Puppy Sales From Existing, Controversial Store

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Breeders Association of America, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Breeders Association of America, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township council this week voted in favor of modifying an ordinance to strip away the grandfathered status of Breeders Association of America, a move that would bar the store – currently shut down as an investigation over complaints of unhealthy animals moves forward – from selling commercially-sourced puppies.

For years, the store has weathered protests from animal rights advocates, who have accused the business of sourcing their dogs for sale from so-called “puppy mills.” 

In 2012, the township council passed an ordinance banning any new stores from selling commercially-sourced dogs in town, but grandfathered the one remaining business that did – Breeders Association. The revised ordinance, introduced this week, would take away that status, banning puppy sales in stores that current exist. In 2012, then-township attorney Jean Cipriani advised the council to include the grandfathering clause in the ordinance over concerns the remaining business would sue to the town. The council, at that time, had also wanted to ban puppy sales altogether.

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The new ordinance comes as Breeders Association of America, located in a Route 70 strip mall, has come under fire for allegedly selling unhealthy pets, including one that died from a fatal canine virus. The Ocean County Health Department is currently conducting an investigation into the claims and has shut the store down until April 28. The proposed Brick ordinance would shut down puppy sales at the site permanently.

Brick Councilwoman Lisa Crate said she believes the store could still find success even after it is no longer allowed to sell commercially-sources dogs. A chain in Pennsylvania, Pets Plus, converted all their stores to handling rescue dogs for adoption and sold pet supplies and other items.

“There are different, better ways to make money on pets,” Crate said. “The least amount of money that can be made in this industry is through the sale of animals.”

Crate acknowledged that there was no direct evidence that Breeders Association – which she did not mention by name – was selling dogs from puppy mills, but said the ordinance, as currently written, “allows for it to be a possibility.”

“While I understand we are not eliminating puppy mills from the world in general, we are, at the very least, taking away from the sales of these puppies in our community,” she said. 

“I understand that this is a small business and I understand the need for Brick to support small business owners,” she continued. “We are giving this business a chance to enhance their strengths.”

The ordinance would require a second vote to be enacted into law. That vote is scheduled for the April 25 council meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex.


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  • craigoftruth

    America’s 83 million pet dogs produce some 10.6 million tons of poop every year
    Add in litter from our more than 90 million cats, and you’ve got enough pet waste to fill more than 5,000 football fields ten feet deep.
    Cats that live in the wild or indoor pets allowed to roam outdoors kill from 1.4 billion to as many as 3.7 billion birds in the continental U.S. each year.
    According to this report, the total first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 and for a cat it’s $1,070. As you can see, having a pet can cost you over $1,000 in the first year, and well over $500 each additional year.
    A medium-size dog has roughly twice the ecological footprint of a Toyota Land Cruiser. (An ecological footprint is the average amount of land and sea required to create a product and then absorb its waste.)
    Maybe pet ownership is not such a great idea?

    • John Smith

      Dogs provide security, comfort, companionship and psychological therapy for millions of Americans each year.
      Dogs and cats keep the infestation of rodents and other pests and animals, including human tresspassers, from human residences without the use of toxic chemicals.
      Dogs and cats produce less than half the amount of crap in one year, than Americas politicians produce every day!

      • craigoftruth

        John, I agree with you about our politicians not to mention any names (Bob Singer, Chris Smith, Tom MacArthur…) and I agree they are good companions (I would rather have it with a human) but you have to agree there are draw backs to pet ownership. Dog bites off 8-year-old’s ear during brutal attack (see attached link). http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2017/04/family_raising_money_for_boy_8_who_had_ear_bitten.html#incart_2box_nj-homepage-featured

      • Steve Eichholtz

        Mike Tyson bit off someone’s ear, too. Not calling for an end to humans.

      • craigoftruth

        That is a good one. Very funny, and true, thanks.

      • KaayC

        Get rid of the rats! The DemocRATS and the RepublicRATS. I want a yellow lab for president with a Westie for VP.

      • Mac

        Congratulations. You got your wish. 🙂