It is a common sight for motorists along Wesley Street in Greenville, especially on the weekends.

Individuals often set up shop in the parking lots of Brookshires, Crossroads Mall or the former Kmart store, selling dogs and cats from the beds of their pickups or trunks of their cars.

Those scenes may soon be a thing of the past, as the City Council intends next week to ban the practice by amending the city’s itinerant vendor ordinance.

The Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the issue prior to taking vote during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The Council discussed the proposed amendment to the ordinance during this past summer. The new regulations would make it unlawful to engage in the sale, barter, trade, of giving away of any animal along any street, roadway or right-of-way; or from any parking lot along any street or roadway.

The ordinance does provide some exceptions, such as the incidental sale of pets at events such as garage and yard sales. Businesses which are normally engaged in the sales of pets who otherwise meet the display and setback requirements included under the ordinance are also exempted, as are special “adopt a pet” events sponsored by not-for-profit animal shelters, and/or animal rescue and animal adoption organizations.

In a memo to the Council, Assistant City Manager John Adel said the ordinance is in response to a number of complaints the city has received, as well as enforcement problems regarding the roadside sale of animals.

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