08/03/2015Puppies ‘N Love owner expects to appeal ruling on Phoenix dog sales rules | http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix

"Frank Mineo, who owns the Puppies N’ Love pet stores, is likely to appeal a U.S. District Court ruling this week upholding a city of Phoenix ordinance restricting the sales of dogs and cats to animals that come from shelter and rescue leagues.”

05/08/2015PIJAC Recognizes Pet Trade Leaders at 2015 Top2Top Conference

Washington, DC – Last week the pet industry’s most influential leaders assembled to participate in the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s (PIJAC) fourth annual Top2Top Conference set at the picturesque Omni la Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. 

Recent Salmonella Muenchen Outbreak in U.S. | PIJAC

"The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that as of May 13, 2015, a total of 20 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Muenchen have been reported from 16 states since January 1, 2014."

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07/27/2015 UPDATE: A Conference Committee has been organized to review the last minute changes to North Carolina’s Budget Bill (HB 97)—including the substitute language which would impose a new 4.75% sales tax on pet care services in the state, a cost passed on to the consumer. There is no time to lose; the General Assembly is tentatively set to adjourn on August 2nd and a decision could be made at any time. Before these elected officials make their decision, let them know the substitute language will add an unfair tax hurting local businesses.


07/17/2015 UPDATE: Maine H.P. 759 (LD 1099) was recommitted to the Joint Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee and held over for further action until 2016 as the 2015 session of the Maine Legislature adjourned on July 16th.
PIJAC will continue to monitor this bill when the Maine Legislature reconvenes in January 2016.

Having the state of Maine conduct tick research may be a worthy cause but it should not be the responsibility of pet store, who will be disproportionately affected, to fund the effort. Legislative Document 1099 seeks to raise far more money than is needed for the effort, and opponents have already identified several other revenue sources for the state. Further, many of the projected uses of the revenue have nothing to do with, and offer no benefit to, the pet trade.


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