It’s illegal for stores in the city of East Providence to sell cats and dogs. A federal district judge has upheld a city ordinance banning the sale of these pets.
Last year, East Providence passed an ordinance that bans the sale of dogs and cats. The owner of a local pet store took the city to court to fight the ordinance’s constitutionality.
Tim Chapman, city solicitor for East Providence, said the city is delighted with the judge’s decision to uphold the ordinance.
“I think it’s a victory to the city of East Providence,” said Chapman, “and it was validated that the way our ordinance was written is fine.”
Chapman said the city will move forward with enforcing the ordinance, which includes fining a business up to $2,000 per offense for not complying.
The owner of the pet store that took the city to court could not be reached for comment.
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