Carlsbad City Council unanimously approves ban on puppy mills

CARLSBAD (KUSI) — The Carlsbad City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to approve a ban on puppy mills.

"The Carlsbad City Council approved a ban Tuesday on the retail sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders and directed city staff to pursue legislation at the state and federal level to ensure the responsible and humane breeding and care of dogs and cats.

The ban is similar to the one the City Council considered in 2013, which did not pass. The current ordinance includes some new provisions similar to a ban recently passed by the City of Oceanside. These include providing existing businesses that sell dogs and cats from commercial breeders six months to comply. The 2013 ordinance exempted existing businesses," said Kristina Ray, of the Community Outreach & Engagement in the City of Carlsbad.

Carlsbad currently has one pet store that sells dogs and cats from commercial breeders.

The ban does not apply to the sale or adoption of cats and dogs from non commercial breeders, which include those who sell cats and dogs that were bred and reared on their premises, public animal shelters and animal rescue nonprofit organizations.

"Tonight the City of Carlsbad took a stand and said a resounding ‘NO’ to puppy mill cruelty," said Dale Bartlett, spokesman for The Humane Society of the United States.

Carlsbad becomes the 142nd locality to enact similar pet sales ordinances, and the 32nd in the first half of 2016 alone. 

Bartlett added that puppy mills also sell their dogs over the Internet on websites like Craiglist and warned families seeking a dog to do their research. "We recommend adopting from a shelter or rescue first, but if you choose to buy a dog from a breeder, make sure it’s a responsible breeder by actually visiting their home and making sure they treat their dogs in a way that reflects your own standards and values."

In Carlsbad a new law, called an ordinance, is first introduced at the City Council meeting and then adopted at the next City Council meeting. The ordinance goes into effect 30 days after adoption.

About 35 people spoke at the City Council meeting, some who were in favor of a ban and some who were not.

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