Rules for the Sale of Dogs

The city has enacted Ordinance 6072 prohibiting the sale, delivery, and marketing for sale dogs sourced from puppy mills. The ordinance, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023, was passed unanimously by Renton City Council on July 11, 2022. The city's definition of "puppy mill” will be come part of the Renton Municipal Code on the effective date.

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) is required to provide a purchaser an affidavit regarding the history and source of the dog for review before the dog is sold, among other things.

The city does not hold the affidavit. It may be reviewed if a complaint is made regarding a seller, deliverer, or marketer of dogs in Renton. The purchaser cannot be required to waive the terms of the ordinance.

The city will investigate complaints submitted using the “Animal Issue” category on Renton Responds.

If individuals or businesses are found to not comply with the new ordinance, they are subject to criminal penalties and/or loss of their business license.

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