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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to remind the public that parking lot or roadside sales of domestic animals by private citizens inside the City of Springfield are no longer permitted.
In November, Springfield’s City Council voted to ban the sale of dogs, cats or other domestic animals from parking lots inside the city limits.
This move was urged by the City’s Animal Issues Task Force.
“This approach would be utilized to reduce pet sales in parking lots. This, in turn, will reduce impulse pet ownership, preventing these animals from later ending up at Animal Control after the puppy cuteness wears off,” according to the recommendations report from the Animal Issues Task Force.
This ordinance does not apply to rescue organizations’ public adoption events or licensed pet stores.
Unwanted pets should be surrendered to a local shelter. Springfield residents can surrender animals to the Springfield Animal Shelter for a fee. Proof of city residency is required.
The public is also encouraged to prevent future unwanted pets by spaying or neutering current household animals. There are a variety of local low-cost options, including SAAF House in Springfield.
For more information contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, 417-874-1205.