Dogs and cats from commercial breeders may not be sold in Laguna Beach, according to a new ordinance the City Council approved Tuesday night. The new law aims to prevent local shops from selling animals bred in what are commonly called puppy mills. No retailers in Laguna Beach currently sell cats and dogs, and existing animal rescue groups, including those with for-profit status, and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter would not be affected.
Orange County Register reporter Claudia Koerner spoke with KFWB’s Penny Griego and Phil Hulett about the story.
The city is the latest in Orange County to discuss the issue. Dana Point and Irvine recently enacted bans, and Huntington Beach might consider phasing one in over two years. San Clemente voted against a ban, with council members citing concerns over restricting businesses.
Resident and veterinarian Matthew Wheaton said once people know of the inhumane conditions animals come from, they’re unwilling to buy from pet stores. Supporting the stores is supporting animal abuse, he said, but most buyers are unwittingly drawn in by the sight of a cute puppy in the window.