GLENDALE (CBS) — The days of going to the local pet store to find a new best friend may soon be over in the city of Glendale.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the city is on the verge of passing a ban on dog and cat sales at retail stores.

Officials said the goal of the ban is to promote pet adoption and cut down on so-called “puppy mills” that have sprung up in Glendale and throughout Los Angeles County.

A final vote on the measure is expected next Tuesday.

“If it’s adopted by the council, it will prohibit retail pet stores from selling dogs and cats,” said Chief Asst. City Attorney Mike Garcia.

The ban would not apply to individuals with a dog or cat that has a litter and want to dispose of that litter through a sale or a giveaway.

If approved, the measure would force pet stores in Glendale to transition to a pet adoption model that offers pets one would normally adopt from a local animal shelter.

Private party pet sales would not be affected by the proposed ban, Garcia said.

Comments (14)
  1. TT says:

    Good for Glendale ! I have never walked thru the Glendale shelter – but if its anything like the Burbank shelter, its full…. alot of big dogs but about the same amount of small dogs befitting for families to love them ….This local area doesnt need people in it that SELL animals for their own profit when there are sooo many dogs, cats, turtles and rabbits that need homes and when you go to a shelter or a rescue organization – that money will go back to help other animals in need….folks – spend your money wisely and make a difference ….. Call a rescue, call a shelter, and rescue the animals that are already out there …..

  2. Tammy Tyner-Schifanelli says:

    Thank God! If there is anything I can do or sign or boycott please let me know. I want a country where there are no more puppy mills and animals that suffer. I’ll do anything to make that happen. Please advise. thank you and great job to whomever started this mission. I love animals and no dog or cat should ever have to suffer. Please spay and nueter. It’s the only way.

    1. TT says:

      PS – We forgot to mention there are now several Horse rescues out there too… Mostly funded by their local communities ….If you have a safe barn and lotsa Hay !! dont forget about them

  3. sab says:

    34.000 destroyed every year in only one county alone, Los Anegeles, now add up all the counties in Calif. and then every state. 3 million in Calif are destroyed every year. I just rescued 3 pups and they are fantastic!

  4. Nat Segaloff says:

    @Editor: your hed makes it look as though puppy mills are responsible for the legislation rather than being the need for it.

  5. Chris says:

    GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!! We have always adopted dogs from the local shelter. They are amazing. We love our four dogs.

  6. SM says:

    This might be nice but it’s not right.A man ought to have the right to purchase his pet with the look and temperament bred to his liking or need.That is asking very little.

    1. SM says:

      Yes I’m aware Private party pet sales is not affected.

    2. Jennifer says:

      He’s not going to know WHERE that puppy came from at a pet store. If he truly cares that much, he’ll go to a good, responsible breeder and pay the fee so that he knows the background and lineage. Pet store puppies are all from puppy mills, where the quality of the stock is bad, the lineage is questionable and hard to trace. Who wants a puppy whose parents live their 18 years in a small wire hutch cage without ever feeling what it is to be loved? A dog that isn’t pedigree and won’t give off good pups. I don’t know a single REAL man who wants to contribute to the suffering that is brought about by these pet store puppies and puppy mills. REAL men want REAL dogs and find them through good, responsible breeders (very rare) or through the shelters.

      1. SM says:

        Deal with the puppy mill problems.Don’t take away people’s rights to purchase from a store.If there are no puppy mills there won’t be any puppy mill puppies.
        Just because there are sweat shops don’t outlaw department stores.

  7. Corinne Anderson says:

    Glendale does not have a “shelter” which impounds animals, the Glendale animal shelter is actually a private organization which does not do animal control. The Pasadena (In)Humane Society does animal control for Glendale, and PHS is high kill. Please adopt from that pound to save lives of animals that may have been impounded from Glendale or another city.

    There are so many horrible animal “shelters” in southern CA that kill animals instead of finding them homes. They kill animals because they CAN, because they get away with it, because there is no one to stop them, despite there being no-kill solutions and protocols available. No-kill starts with stopping the killing. Google “Nathan Winograd.”

  8. TT says:

    Well maybe since Glendales animals go to their shelter – Pasadena might look into the same ban as Glendale …. To save their animals too . I hope so …..

  9. Ella says:

    No, Corinne, they kill because they’re filled to capacity, or more. Don’t blame the shelters, blame the puppy mills, backyard breeders, and people who support these operations instead of adopting.

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