According to CBS, 11 council members approved the motion, which will be drafted by the city attorney’s office into an ordinance banning pet sales.
Councilman Paul Koretz sponsored the motion, pointing out that the ban would help eliminate puppy mills and reduce the city’s animal euthanasia rates.
“Puppy mills are a very cruel practice with inhumane conditions that often result in the animals having many kinds of medical problems,” Koretz said.
The approved motion means that the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services will have to report back on how the proposed ban might affect kill rates at city shelters and its potential economic effect on pet stores. Koretz’s motion also wants the city to find a way to distinguish pet shops that sell rescue dogs from stores that sell other live animals such as fish and reptiles.
The ban on non-rescue pet sales would go into effect six months after the ordinance is enacted for a three-year trial period.
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