City Council OKs Fines For Pet Sales On LA Streets, Sidewalks

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Animal lovers around the Southland on Wednesday applauded a City Council vote to outlaw the sale of live animals on the streets of Los Angeles.

The new law will carry a misdemeanor charge and imposes fines from $250 up to a $1,000 for anyone who buys, attempts to buy or even barters for a live animal on city streets and sidewalks.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports Councilwoman Jan Perry came up with the idea despite a California law already in place banning the practice.

Perry said she introduced the measure in response to low vaccination rates among animals sold on the street, many of which have been taken from their mothers too soon and often end up being abandoned.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said the sale of puppies, kittens, bunnies, turtles, birds and other animals is a problem city-wide.

“This is a big problem, but this just one small piece in a puzzle of enforcement and education,” he said.

Animal activists and other proponents of the law, meanwhile, are hailing the effort as another step toward the animals themselves are protected.

“They’re little babies, they come in, they’re sick, they die,” said one man.

The law could take effect in September.

  • TT

    Bravo :) Awsome …So you can give away an animal that needs a good home and proper care, but you cant abuse them and then make a profit !!! Good for the City Counsel !! – now maybe more of the doggies n kitties out there that are already here – will at least have more opportunity to get a new family :)

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  • Carlos Cuevas

    So does the city have a balanced budget yet? Or are we going to end up like the feds and wait til we are virtually bankrupt? Though I agree with this new law there are so many more important things they could be doing to justify their exorbitant salaries.

    • Astonished

      To answer your question, NO, the City of Los Angeles does not and never will have a balanced budget unless and until the elected elite learn to stop spending and giving away more money than the City makes.

  • TonyInLongBeach

    If I adopted a dog or cat off the street, first thing I’d be doing is going to the SPCA and ensuring it’s spayed/neutered, vaccinated, etc. I realize most aren’t that responsible, but this new law I doubt will solve anything. More likely, like most new laws, it will “solve” 1 problem only to create 3 new ones.

    Look at this scenario. The person who’s too irresponsible to take their unwanted animal(s) to a shelter will just say the hell with it, and let ’em loose. And we’ll have more animals roaming the streets. I’d rather someone give or sell it to me, who’ll see to it that it’s taken care of. So under the new law my good intentions, and those of numerous dog, cat, etc. rescue organizations, would suddenly make us lawbreakers.

    I have to wonder, the government hates competition, and is more than willing to pass laws to prevent it, either competition with them or competition between private companies, that is, when there’s enough campaign contributions from them (e.g., supermarkets trying to change zoning laws to keep out Wal-Mart Supercenters). Might it just be this would lead to competition with government-run shelters, and they want the adoption taxes–sorry, fees–rather than lose them through private adoption? Sure, they’ll tell us it’s to ensure the animals are spayed/neutered, but I’d bet it’s really to justify keeping more government employees–UNION government employees–on their payroll, rather than more layoffs.

  • Robert S.

    “A stitch in time saves nine” does not work here, as people who make laws don’t see the entire picture, and this results with laws that don’t solve problems, but make things worse. Reminds me of the Feds huh? Special “lobbying intrests” can influence some of these “stupid laws, which makes things much worse. Just another example of “mindless government” and YOUR tax dollars at work.

    • carole davis

      Our tax dollars are at work housing and euthanizing a few hundred thousand pets per year in the shelter system in our state, Robert S. Keeping sales of unlicensed breeders who do not pay taxes from abusing animals and profiting from it while doing a black market biz is smart and thrifty. Getting fines will bring in more money. You haven’t thought this out, Robert S..
      This legislation makes a lot of sense and cents too! We appalud this legislation as it helps animals, consumers and the city too.
      Carole Davis, Companion Animal Protection Society

  • Robert S.

    “Ignorance can be “repaired” through learning, but “stupid” is forever. Think about all the “cause and effects” about your new laws, before they are passed! This will prevent a lot of “heavy hearts in your communities.

  • Tiffany

    This is great News! We definitely need stricter laws regarding the sale of these animals. If you really are looking to adopt an animal in L.A.’s Fashion District, or on the boardwalk at Venice Beach, or anywhere in the LA area for that matter, check out , where you can search through all kinds of available animals ready to be adopted.

  • carole davis

    I am thrilled that fines will be imposed on these animal abusers we see daily in the streets of our city! THANK you Jan Perry! We have sent letters and called countless times in vain to have these people stopped and now we will be taken seriously. No one was looking out for all those animals, there was no oversight and these poor creatures are being bred in deplorable conditions.

    This also sends a strong message to the buyers of these animals. Please folks, when you want to share your life and loving home with a furry or feathered friend, come to our shelters! We thank you so much!
    Carole Davis, Companion Animal Protection Society

  • Puppy Mill Awareness

    The Puppy Mill Awareness community is thrilled that people who exploit animals by attempting to sell them on the streets of Los Angeles will no longer be allowed to do so without facing repercussions! I have personally tried to stop people who were selling puppies on the street or in a shopping mall parking lots in a few different states, when I saw it happening, yet not one of those people were fined. The police just just told them to leave because they didn’t have a business license. So what is happening in Los Angeles is VERY encouraging. Thank you Jan Perry!

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