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Jan 25, 2012 5:13 PM by Matt Stafford

Fountain pet store gets to keep selling dogs and cats

A 30-year Fountain business owner gets to keep selling dogs and cats; which he says is about half of his business.

Back in May, city council voted to ban the sale of dogs and cats in Fountain. David Neverette, owner of Valley Pet Store, has been fighting that decision ever since.

Tuesday night Neverette got the "okay" to keep selling the animals from city council; in a loud meeting.

Ward 2 Councilman Phillip Thomas says people from other cities, like Denver, came to argue against Neverette.

The city council had invited an inspector from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, who is familiar with inspections of Neverette's store, to come to Tuesday night's meeting and answer questions. A spokesperson from the Department of Agriculture told News 5 beforehand that they wouldn't be attending the meeting because they felt it was community's issue to handle. They didn't feel it was their place to get involved.

Councilman Thomas says Department of Agriculture officials answered questions for members of council over the phone. Thomas describes some area of concern in the file for Valley Pets, but he says that Neverette and his family have been working hard to correct them. Councilman Thomas says he motioned to make sure the city monitors Neverette's compliance with Department of Agriculture regulations.

Thomas and five others voted to allow Neverette to continue selling dogs and cats; the only vote against was Mayor Jeri Howells.

News 5 spoke to Neverette on Monday; he said he wanted to keep his business open, and in his family -- hopefully passing it on to his son.

"Now he has that opportunity to leave his legacy to his son, but it depends on how bad he wants it," says Councilman Thomas. "The ball is in his court."

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