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Puppy mill news we can all cheer about


A couple of weeks ago, I shared a story on my Facebook page about work being done to ban the retail sale of animals in Los Angeles, California. Well, guess what? It passed!

On Wednesday of this week, the Los Angeles City Council (by a vote of 12-2) approved an ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in the city.

This is really great news for many reasons, including:

  1. It stops the flow of puppy mill dogs into Los Angeles, and essentially closes down another avenue in which puppy and kitty mills can sell their dogs and cats.
  2. It increases the chance that a a dog sitting in a shelter, or being cared for by a rescue, will get adopted, thus finding homes for the dogs and cats who really need them most.
  3. It provides a model for how we may be able to stop puppy mills at a local level.

Already other cities and towns are calling to find out about the work done to pass an ordinance like this, and you can bet people are already thinking about how they can organize and pass one in their communities. Chicago, in particular, appears to be the next big municipality to consider such a progressive ordinance.

This definitely looks like a model for the future. One thing we know for sure, it will hit puppy mills right where it hurts them most – their pocketbooks.

Want to know more about how Best Friends and local Los Angeles city leaders led this change? Read “At long last, pet sales on the way out in L.A.”

My kudos to the Best Friends Animal Society, and most especially Elizabeth Oreck, for leading this work. I have great respect for all you do. You continue to lead the fight for animals in such new and creative ways. Thank you for leading from the front.

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  1. October 25, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Best news ever!

  2. Sarajane H. Hart
    October 25, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    That’s great to follow something that turns out positive results!

  3. October 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Mel, i complete agree about shutting down puppy mills. However, not everyone who raises puppies are mills: I have about 1 litter a year,, and I put a lot of money and time and educations into my puppies. I breed to make the best mini dachshund possible paying a lot of attention to healthy skin and coats, good sturdy confirmation and excellent disposition. if responsible breeders like me did not do this, and all breeding stopped, within a generation there would be no more dachshunds. They are incredible little dogs, good hunters, and I love them dearly. When I see puppy mills i just weep for them, and I support laws to outlaw them. But you can’t paint with a broad brush…extreme penalites for poor conditions, breeding past age 7, breeding more than one litter a year, would help! The AKC should work closely with the Humane SOciety, both of which I support.

    Check out my blog mylifewithwieners which is humorous and informative stories about our life with our 6 dogs…total spoilage, love and care!

  4. October 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Mel….That is Fantastic News!!!!
    Now id we can get the rest of the states to follow suite….ALOT of dogs and puppies will be saved.
    If you dont mind, I am planning on posting this on my facebook page too (personal one I have 88 friends). Hope they can help spread the word.
    Alex and Penny

  5. October 25, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Woo hoo! That’s a big market for the bad guys to lose. Hopefully it will spread to other towns in the L.A. area.

  6. October 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    That’s incredible news – WOW!!! I hope more cities follow their lead!

  7. October 26, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    Awesome news! I hope it goes nationwide.

  8. October 26, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    Great news! Let’s hope it spreads.

  1. December 6, 2012 at 4:57 AM

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