TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima County isn’t going to follow the city of Tucson in
passing a rule that requires pet stores to sell only dogs from shelters or
nonprofit rescue groups.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Tucson City
Council earlier this month directed its staff to draft the rule for pet stores
within city limits.
But the county, unlike the city, is prohibited by state law from dictating
similar constraints on store owners.
An opinion from the Pima County Attorney’s Office determined nothing in the
state constitution or state law could justify interfering in where pet stores
should acquire their inventory from.
The opinion said the measure would be unenforceable if county officials approve
Tucson has more leeway in which laws it can adopt.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com