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Antonovich seeks to kill 'puppy mills'

Posted: March 2, 2009 6:34 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2009 3:40 p.m.
To reduce animal cruelty and high taxpayer costs associated with the over-breeding of dogs at facilities commonly referred to as "puppy mills," Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich wants more comprehensive laws to prevent irresponsible dog breeding in Los Angeles County.

"Many of these kennels endanger the health and welfare of adult dogs and puppies by housing them in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food and water," said Antonovich. "This is cruel for the animals and places a tremendous burden on County taxpayers."

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 CEO, County Counsel, and County departments to report back with proposed ordinance changes within forty five 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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