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Supervisors move to regulate ‘puppy mills’

New motion calls for county officials to review location, size, operation of kennels and breeding fa

Posted: March 4, 2009 12:27 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
County supervisors took aim at "puppy mills" Tuesday, agreeing to review regulations on dog kennels and breeding facilities in Los Angeles County.

"Supervisor (Mike) Antonovich's motion addresses the core issues related to treating puppies like a trendy fashion item," said Elizabeth Oreck of Best Friends Animal Society, which led a campaign against puppy mills.

The motion by Antonovich, who represents the Santa Clarita Valley, calls for supervisors to direct the chief executive officer to work with the Department of Animal Care and Control, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Regional Planning and the Department of Public Health, County Counsel and the District Attorney to review regulations governing the location, size and operation of dog kennels and dog breeding facilities.

Antonovich's plan asks for all the agencies to report back to the Board of Supervisors in 45 days.

The motion calls for recommendations for improving the quality of care for the animals and for ensuring responsible and safe dog breeding, according to a press release from Best Friends Animal Society news release.

"Puppy mills" are facilities where dogs are bred and live together in crammed, inhumane conditions. Such animals often suffer from medical and emotional problems, Best Friends officials said.

"Their puppies are sold through local pet stores and through the Internet," Oreck said. "Many of these dogs eventually make their way to local shelters which are already overburdened, and it's the taxpayers who end up paying."

Best Friends encourages pet stores to offer rescued dogs for adoption, rather than selling puppies that may have been bred under inhumane conditions.

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