Pet store granted license to sell puppies on holidays

The East Providence City Council approved a pet store to obtain a license to stay open on holidays to sell live puppies while an ordinance banning the sale of live cats and dogs is debated in federal court.

The City Council voted 3-2 to grant The Perfect Puppy a license to sell puppies on holidays.

NBC 10 left messages with all of the city councilors and the city solicitor. None was returned. The mayor said the city would have no comment pending the outcome of the litigation.

Animal advocates commented on what they thought of allowing a store to sell live dogs only on holidays.

"Having a pet is a full-time job for the person getting the animal, and it's also a full-time responsibility for the seller to prepare the animal and buyer and to support them after the purchase. To be open to sell only on holidays does not seem to meet either the needs of the purchaser or the seller," said Christie Smith, the executive director of the Potter League.

Scott Bergantino, the owner of Perfect Puppy, said his dogs do not come from puppy mills.

"No, I don't get my dogs from puppy mills. They come from USDA breeders who are visited three, four, five days a week by the government," Bergantino said earlier this month.

The Perfect Puppy remains open because it received a temporary restraining order. The ordinance cannot be enforced because the case has been moved from Superior Court to federal court.