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March 24, 2010

Hermosa Beach Ban Takes Action to Curb Puppy Mill Abuses

Second California city this year to ban retail sales of dogs and cats

SACRAMENTO — The Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday night in favor of an ordinance to prohibit retail sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. The ordinance, requested by Councilmember Jeff Duclos, makes Hermosa Beach the third city in California and the second this year to close off a primary channel for the sale of dogs and cats produced in puppy mills and kitten factories.

"We commend the humane leaders of Hermosa Beach for recognizing the direct link between inhumane puppy mills and local pet store sales of dogs and cats," said HSUS' California senior director Jennifer Fearing. "Rather than supporting inhumane puppy mills by purchasing an animal from a pet shop or over the Internet, we encourage people to adopt pets from a shelter or rescue group, or to seek out a reputable breeder and visit their home to ensure any pets they purchase were reared with kindness."

The Hermosa Beach ordinance is similar to one adopted by West Hollywood last month. By removing the local market for puppy mill dogs, these new laws will boost adoptions for area animal shelters and rescue groups and increase opportunities for responsible, humane breeders. While thousands of puppy mill puppies were sold in the Los Angeles area during the past year, more than 35,000 dogs and 67,000 cats were euthanized in Los Angeles city and county shelters, at significant cost to taxpayers.

The financial success of companies that refuse to sell puppies and kittens, such as the nation's largest retail pet supply stores PETCO and PetSmart, is proof that a humane business model is successful. In addition to the large retail chains, more than 500 independent pet shops around the country, including 41 in California, have voluntarily signed The HSUS' new pledge not to sell puppies at their stores.

Click here to view a list of these stores.

To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/puppymills.

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