Today a resident of West Hollywood could have dropped into a local pet store to buy themselves a kitten or puppy; next month, they may not have that option.
The West Hollywood City Council is expected to raise a final vote this evening on an ordinance that aims to ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops. The legislation arose out of concern about inhumane conditions at commercial animal breeding facilities, KTLA.com reports.
"This ordinance represents an important step toward ridding our nation of the cruelty of puppy mills and other commercial assembly-line animal breeders," councilman Jeffrey Prang told the news source.
He added, "It not only contributes to the fight against animal cruelty, it also recognizes the enormous cost of pet overpopulation in our society, both fiscal and humanitarian impacts.
The ordinance says that Los Angeles animal rescue
shelters were overpopulated by about 35,000 dogs and about 67,000 cats in the past year, according to San Jose Mercury News.
The law to ban the sale of cats and dogs exempts the city's home breeders, animal rescue groups and shelters.