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San Diego Joins LA in Banning Pet Store Sales of Puppies

San Diego, the self-proclaimed “Pet Friendliest City in America,” has now joined over 30 cities nationwide in banning the sale of puppies at pet stores. In a unanimous vote by the City Council, effective in 30 days, San Diego, California is now the 2nd largest city with this ban in place, following Los Angeles.

It’s a victory for animal activists and dog lovers, as 99% of all pet store puppies come from puppy mills, unsanitary, overcrowded, unsafe breeding factories that care little about the animals in their care, often resulting in poor breed standards, sick or injured dogs, and contribute to the shelter overpopulation problem in this country.

San Diego, and other cities with similar puppy sale bans in place, limit the sale of puppies, kittens, rabbits to only those obtained through a rescue organization or shelter.

The amendment to the municipal code makes it “unlawful for any person to display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer or sell any live dog, cat or rabbit in any pet shop, retail business or other commercial establishment located in the city of San Diego, unless the dog, cat or rabbit was obtained from a city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a nonprofit rescue organization.”

Additionally, pet stores will have to keep certificates that identify the sources of their animals and make them available to animal control officers, law enforcement, code compliance officials or other city employees.

But not everyone is happy about the new law.

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