WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Wichita Animal Services Advisory Board has voted to have the Wichita Police Department look into an ordinance to crack down on certain pet shops.

Members voted 4-3 on Wednesday to recommend the department draft an ordinance that would prohibit retailers in the city, like Petland, from selling dogs and cats. Any such ordinance would have to be approved by the Wichita City Council. 

Supporters of the ban have said that Petland and other stores get their animals from puppy mills. However, Petland says it works only with legitimate breeders and is committed to making sure everything it does is above board.

Petland East manager Lydia Secondine told the board during its meeting in May that banning retail stores from selling the animals will only make the problem worse.

"I think it should absolutely be the right of a retail store to be able to offer, you know, puppies and kittens for families that come from 100% licensed and registered breeders with the highest standards. And that's absolutely what Petland aims to do," she said.