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San Diego Proposal To Ban Retail Sale Of Dogs, Cats And Rabbits Moves Forward

Good grief. Not everything is a conspiracy! This is actually all about animal welfare. Deal with it.

May 2, 2013 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego To Consider Banning Dog, Cat Sales At Retail Stores

To Muckapoo1: No "reputable" breeder would ever sell their puppies through a pet store. Reputable breeders want to know who purchases their puppies. Also, I have 4 dogs; 1 I purchased as a puppy and 3 rescues. The one I purchased has had far more temperament issues than any of the rescues. So you see, there is no guaranteed cause-and-effect. The only thing you can absolutely be guaranteed of is that when you buy a puppy at a pet store, you are supporting a puppy mill. Period.

April 30, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego To Consider Banning Dog, Cat Sales At Retail Stores

Banning the sale of pet through retail pet stores will be very helpful to our efforts to eliminate abusive puppy mills in our state of Iowa. Unfortunately Iowa is home to approx. 250 USDA-licensed commercial dog-breeders. These are the folks that sell puppies to places like San Diego Puppy. Some USDA-licensees in our state keep more than 1000 adult dogs for the sole purpose of breeding and selling to pet stores. At least 40% of Iowa's USDA licensees have been recently cited for significant violations to the federal Animal Welfare Act. Visit our website at to see photos of conditions in some Iowa mills. Many Iowa breeders sell AKC puppies. Being AKC registered offers zero guarantee that you're dealing with a reputable breeder or that you'll end up with a healthy puppy. So along with being an inhumane, this industry presents a huge consumer protection issue. People who buy these puppies are often left hanging with zero recourse for recouping the exorbitant price and huge vet bills for a puppy that ends up sick. San Diego and other communities are performing a significant service to their community by banning these sales. Bottom line is, if you can't visit the kennel and see the mother of the puppy and see where she lives, chances are you're supporting a very cruel industry. We support San Diego in making this humane decision.

April 30, 2013 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )