Renton to prohibit sale, delivery, and marketing of dogs sourced from puppy mills

The ordinance will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

It will soon be illegal to sell, deliver or market the sale of dogs sourced from puppy mills in the City of Renton.

Ordinance 6072, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023, was passed unanimously by Renton City Council on July 11. The city’s definition of “puppy mill” will be added to Renton Municipal Code on the effective date.

The ordinance was passed after community members and advocacy groups protested Renton’s Puppyland, a business that allegedly sold dogs sourced from out-of-state puppy mills.

According to the city, the intent of Ordinance 6072 is to promote humane breeding and prevent unwitting or hidden support for the puppy mill industry. It also provides purchasers with additional information about their new pets. For any dog costing $1,000 or more, sold online or in-person, the breeder and salesperson, if not sold by the breeder, are required to provide an affidavit regarding the history and source of the dog for review before the dog is sold.

Affidavits are on the city’s website.

The affidavit is held by the seller or breeder. The purchaser cannot be required to or agree to waive the terms of the ordinance, including providing the affidavit. The affidavit may be reviewed if a complaint is made regarding a seller, deliverer, or marketer of dogs in Renton. The city will investigate complaints submitted using the “Animal Issue” category on Renton Responds web application.

If individuals or businesses are found in noncompliance with the ordinance, they are subject to criminal penalties as well as the potential loss of their business license.