TELL US: Should Bred Dogs Be Sold in Pet Stores?
Los Angeles city councilors recently voted to ban them. Should Massachusetts have a similar law?
You see their sad faces everywhere these days from Animal Planet to your Facebook feed: animals in need of a home. The shelters are full and getting more packed by the day. In fact, October is National Shelter Dog Month.
The Los Angeles City Council took a vote last week that is aimed at addressing this overcrowding issue. Animals from commercial breeders may no longer be sold in Los Angeles, CA, pet stores after city councilors voted to ban them this week, according to the L.A. Times. The vote was not unanimous, so it will be voted on again next week for a final decision.
Fines for non-compliance include a first-time penalty of $250. People will still be allowed to buy directly from breeders.
In the story, Elizabeth Oreck, leader of the effort as part of Best Friends Animal Society, said “They’re inbred, they’re overbred, they're irresponsibly bred,” Oreck said.
Should Massachusetts consider a similar law? Tell us in the comments.