EAST PROVIDENCE – A puppy store owner who is fighting the city over the East Providence City Council’s decision to ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats won a personal victory Tuesday when the same council begrudgingly voted 3-to-2 to grant the store a license to sell puppies on the holidays.
Scott Bergantino, owner of Scituate-based Perfect Pets, which operates The Perfect Puppy store at 1235 Wampanoag Trail, is in a legal battle with the city over a council-approved ordinance that makes it illegal for any commercial business to sell dogs or cats in the city. Two days after the ordinance was approved by the council on June 3, Bergantino got a temporary restraining order to keep the city from enforcing the ordinance, saying the measure is unconstitutional. The case was set to be heard in Superior Court last week, but was moved to federal court, which has yet to hear the case. Until that happens, the ordinance can’t be enforced and The Perfect Puppy is free to conduct business.
Adding fuel to the controversy, Bergantino was back before the council Tuesday seeking a holiday sales license, a request City Solicitor Timothy J. Chapman recommended the council grant until litigation over the ordinance is resolved.
Voting in favor of granting the holiday license were Councilmen James A. Briden, Helder J. Cunha and Tracy A. Capobianco. Casting the dissenting votes were council members Christine A. Rossi and Thomas A. Rose, Jr.
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