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Supervisors approve motion to boost 'puppy mill' enforcement

Posted: March 3, 2009 7:03 p.m.
Updated: March 3, 2009 4:04 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- To reduce animal cruelty and high taxpayer costs associated with the over-breeding of pets at facilities commonly referred to as "puppy mills," the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to investigate the need for more comprehensive laws to prevent irresponsible breeding in Los Angeles County.

"Many of these kennels endanger the health and welfare of these animals by housing them in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food and water," Antonovich said. "Nearly 30,000 dogs and cats are euthanized every year in Los Angeles County."

Over the past six months, the County has had to seize and/or order the relocation of hundreds of puppies and adult dogs due to such conditions, which has increased the burden, costs and impact on County shelters and rescue organizations.

Antonovich's motion calls on the County's Chief Executive Officer, County Counsel, and County departments to report back with proposed ordinance changes within 45 days.

This action was recommended by the Puppy Mill Task Force, initiated by Supervisor Antonovich in 2008, which is made up of volunteers, County staff and representatives from animal welfare organizations and rescue groups.

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