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Harold's Victory - The Humane Pet Store Ordinance

The Humane Pet Store Ordinance has passed! No more sales of pets in pet stores in the City of Dallas

Thank you to the Dallas City Council for passing the Humane Pet Store Ordinance!

If you live in Dallas take this time to send a THANK YOU for supporting this ordinance!!

This is a huge step in progress!! We are beginning to change the mindset of animals in Texas are property they deserve to be treated humanely!!!


Out of thirty-three pet stores in Dallas, only one was selling puppies, Petland. Notorious for selling unhealthy puppies acquired from puppy mills, shutting down Petland in Dallas is a huge step in progress for North Texas. Humane care and respect for our pets is finally becoming a priority.

A HUGE THANK you to DogRRR Nation and all who supported this ordinance!! Harold is so thankful for this support!

4 Things The Ordinance Will Help

1. It will help save more lives and prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores and stop hundreds of sick puppies from being brought into Texas from puppy mills across state lines. Harold was brought into Texas from Oklahoma. Texas is already struggling with an overpopulation of dogs.

2. It will protect consumers - unsuspecting families from ending up with unhealthy puppies and deceiving Texans into years-long, financial commitments and high interest rates on top of exorbitant vet bills. Our rescue accepts about 5-10 dogs a month from local veterinarian practices and emergency veterinarian practices 3. By helping pass this ordinance and shutting down retail pet stores, consumers will then acquire puppies or kittens from reputable breeders or shelters, both of which provide full age, health, and vaccination information. This will give consumers a greater chance for transparency and prevent them from choosing sick or unhealthy animals like Harold. 4. Most importantly, this Ordinance supports dozens of local, Dallas-based humane pet stores that do not sell puppies but rather rehome thousands of dogs who need loving families. “If Harold’s here, how many more dogs are out there like him? How many didn’t make it? How many got returned? There NEEDS to be a change.”

- Patti Dawson, President of Dallas Dog - Rescue Rehab Reform

Harold’s Story

Listen and read more to Harold’s heartbreaking yet inspiring story.

This is Harold. He is a purebred Frenchie. Originally purchased from a Dallas Petland (that thrives on the exploitation of dogs in puppy mills) for $7,000. Shortly after he was bought, the owner realized he had some serious medical conditions when he stopped walking! She reached out to the pet store and they said she must have dropped him and that he was fine. She was told by her doctor he needed immediate surgery. She was not able to afford that after the large payment of buying him just weeks prior. She reached out to our rescue to surrender, Dallas Dog took him in. He will forever live as a foster in the rescue and receive all the medical care he needs. He will not live a full life however he will live the best life. Harold has been diagnosed with Kyphosis, megaesophagus, hydrocephalus and an enlarged palate.

He requires quite the daily medical ritual. Hand feedings 3 times a day in an upright position. We call this time "meatball time" because we make his food into tiny flat meatballs, making it easier to eat. He requires daily medicals from pills and injectable medication. Harold is completely paralyzed from the bottom of the neck down so he is incontinent and needs medication and help expressing his bladder. He is not able or won’t drink water on his own so he receives daily sub-q injections. Harold is almost two years old. You may wonder how could this happen? Harold is an example of the horrors of puppy mill operations where irresponsible breeding produces dogs with major issues all for profit.

Fortunately, Dallas Dog saved this little fellow from euthanasia. He now lives a comfortable life being spoiled and having all of his needs met. Harold is a spokesman for irresponsible breeding and ending the sale of puppies from irresponsible puppy mill breeding.

Harold adores his foster mom he is extremely attached to her! He is also lucky because his foster mom is the President of the rescue. He is quite the little dude that packs a serious attitude. He loves exploring, getting carted in his stoller, and befriending new fosters. He is quite the fighter too. He has already had a 10 day stay at the ER with pneumonia. The vet said he would not likely survive another bad case. We have to be very careful and watch when he is eating due to his regerg, he could stop breathing and has to be rushed to the ER! He usually bounces back quickly and is back to handling his complaint department for the rescue.

Harold’s story isn’t the first or last. His story is WHY we continue to do what we do and work to change the animal welfare laws across Texas and are working extensively towards passing Humane Pet Store Ordinances across the entire state.

Harold reminds us to #adoptdontshop Harold reminds us not to support backyard breeders and he reminds us that #fosteringsaveslives You may think that rescues don't ever get purebred would be wrong. We see as many purebreds as we do mixed breeds that end up at shelters and eventually into our care. Visit and learn how you can have a pawsitive impact on the Texas dogs in need.

To learn more about current pet store ordinances in Texas and what we’re currently doing, visit

To learn more about Dallas Dog RRR, visit

Thank you for HELPING US, HELP ANIMALS, overcome their yesterdays and rewrite their tomorrow.


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Who is Dallas Dog?

Our rehabilitation efforts address the physical and emotional needs of rescued animals and prepare them for the second chance they deserve. You can make a difference by fostering, adopting, or making a donation toward these worthy animals.

Thank you for supporting Dallas Dog. Our mission is to create a safer place for animals by rescuing and rehabilitating those who are neglected, unwanted and abused across Texas or displaced by natural disasters nearby and finding them a permanent home. You can visit our website at to follow our amazing journey.

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Carrie Ann Kouri
Carrie Ann Kouri
21. Nov. 2022

He is adorable. Glad he is doing a little better and getting the care he needs. He looks like he has some upper body strength. Would he be able to use any walking aid (i.e., wheel walkers for dogs)?

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