One after the other, Los Angeles, Orange County and other California communities are banning the sale of puppy mill animals through retail outlets. First it was South Lake Tahoe, then West Hollywood, followed by Hermosa Beach, Glendale, Irvine, Dana Point, and Chula Vista.
Altogether, 19 communities, large and small, have banned the sale of puppy mill animals, and several have ordinances in motion. The latest is Los Angeles, the second largest city in the country. The initiative to ban puppy mill sales in L.A. has been led by Council Member Paul Koretz. The Los Angeles City Council Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee just approved his motion to draft the ordinance prohibiting the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. Once the full council approves the motion, Council Member Koretz and his advisers will draft the ordinance. That meeting should take place within the next few weeks. We will keep you posted.
There is a monumental shift in thinking taking place in our country around puppy mills and the retail pet stores that sell them. Fellow animal advocates, we are winning this war. Ending the sale of puppy mill animals will be one of the greatest victories of our time.
Senior Director, Communications