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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 SCITUATE 3 SCITUATE – After hearing criti- cism from Scituate residents and ani- mal activists regarding the commer- cial puppy retail shop Perfect Puppy, owner Carlos Munoz said he'll with- draw his request for a kennel license allowing breeding and go for an ani- mal rescue license instead. The license request was on the Town Council agenda last Thursday, March 21, and was the only one of seven on the docket not to receive council approval for a kennel license. Town Council President Jim Brady said he recently went to the Perfect Puppy on Chopmist Hill Road for a spot inspection, and found the base- ment empty of animals but in need of some repairs. He said there is "strong opposition to breeding" in Scituate. "He can't afford this heat," Brady said. During a March 14 council meet- ing, resident Charles Collins, Jr., son of Councilor Charles Collins, presented his case against Perfect Puppy. He said his issue was with the commercial sale of animals in a high- scale operation. Collins said he would still like to see an ordinance in Scituate ban- ning the sale of puppies, but he said Perfect Puppy might be "grandfa- thered in." "I just want what is best for the animals," he said. Collins said he and other Scituate residents protested the sale of pup- pies at the Perfect Puppy in 2014, and the store was denied licensing for breeding. "We should have petitioned the council right then and there to ban this in an (ordinance)," Collins said. The Perfect Puppy was forced to stop selling puppies in East Providence after the city passed a similar ordinance in 2015. Collins said he supports a Rhode Island House bill to prohibit the sale of cats or dogs not obtained from an animal shelter, pound or rescue in the state. It further bans any person from selling, exchanging, trading, bartering or displaying any dog or cat in public. "If that passes, he'll be done com- pletely," Collins said. Though the Perfect Puppy has been in Scituate for six years, the store received council approval for a kennel license to breed dogs in the basement of the building in 2017. Munoz said despite receiving proper licensing, no dog was ever bred in the basement of the building. Collins said many people came to a council meeting in opposition to Perfect Puppy's kennel licensing in 2017, recalling the evening as full of tension and anger. He said it was clear then that no one wanted the store breeding dogs in town. Munoz said the animal rights activ- ists have been after his shop for the six years he's been in business and people follow him to every council discussion he participates in. Animal rights activists such as Elaine Holleran, of Harley's Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to putting puppy mills out of business, has repeatedly spoken out at council meetings against puppy sales. Holleran, of Cranston, accuses Perfect Puppy of purchasing their puppies from exploitive and inhu- mane puppy mills, therefore helping those mills extend their reach and supporting the unethical treatment of animals. "There is not one ethical breeder that would turn one puppy over to a pet store," Holleran said. According to Holleran, the Department of Environmental Management mandated certified vet- erinary inspections for animals cross- Facing opposition, Perfect Puppy owner nixes breeding license By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer 'There is not one ethical breeder that would turn one puppy over to a pet store.' ELAINE HOLLERAN Animal rights activist, Harley's Heroes See PUPPY, Page 11 Vacancy for alternate member of Hope Village Overlay District Review Committee SCITUATE – The Scituate Town Council is seeking an alternate member for the Hope Village Overlay District Review Committee. The person should have an inter- est and commitment to the vision of the Village Overlay District. The Hope VRC consists of five mem- bers and two alternates. The terms of the appointees shall be for one year. Those interested should send a background letter or resume to the Town Clerk's Office, 195 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857 by Friday, April 5. See 'The Avengers' at North Scituate Library SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a matinée show- ing of Marvel's "The Avengers" on Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. This is the beginning of a series that will showcase the entire "Avengers" series on Saturday after- noons. For more information, visit www. or call the library at 401-647-5133. IN BRIEF

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