St. Paul becomes third Minnesota city to ban retail sales of cats and dogs

Bella has diabetes and needs special food. High protein without sugar. She then needs shots of insulin after meals. Chris Flynn / The Forum
Bella has diabetes and needs special food. High protein without sugar. She then needs shots of insulin after meals. Chris Flynn / The Forum

ST. PAUL — How much is that kitty in the window? You’re in luck — it’s not for sale, at least not in St. Paul, though you can still adopt it.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the St. Paul City Council voted to make the Capital City the third in Minnesota to ban retail sales of cats and dogs. Pet stores are now officially a thing of the past in St. Paul, Roseville and Eden Prairie.

Pet retailers have been going the way of the dodo bird for a while now, in part because of public awareness around puppy and kitten mills — large-scale commercial breeding facilities that raise animals in questionable conditions.

Here’s a few more details to know about the St. Paul ordinance.

Can I still buy cats and dogs in St. Paul?

Sure. Under the city ordinance, consumers can purchase pets directly from breeders. The intent is to make it easier for buyers to be able to see for themselves the conditions that the animals are kept in from birth.

Can St. Paul pet food stores and other retailers still display animals?

Yes. Shops can collaborate with animal shelters, animal rescue organizations and animal control authorities to showcase adoptable dogs and cats.