Written by: Patricia I. James**
The City of Los Angeles has banned the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits by pet stores. (http://www.examiner.com/article/los-angeles-bans-the-sale-pet-stores-of-puppy-mill-pets). The ban starts around May of this year and will expire on June 30, 2016 unless it is extended by ordinance. “The purpose of the three-year program is to ascertain how effective the ordinance is in increasing adoptions and reducing the number of animals euthanized per year.”
Although the law will allow individuals to buy directly from breeders, pet stores will only be allowed to sell rescued animals obtained from shelters, humane societies and registered rescue groups. A penalty of $250 will be incurred for the first violation, $500 for the second and $1000 for the third.