The City Council of San Diego unanimously passed a Companion Animal Protection Society's proposed ordinance ban of retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 10, 2013 – Yesterday, San Diego became the second largest city in the United States to ban the sale of companion animals. The decision mirrors other initiatives, spearheaded by Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) , in cities across the US and Canada.

The City Council of San Diego unanimously voted in favor of a CAPS' proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within the city. The Office of the City Attorney worked closely with CAPS to draft this final proposal that will go into effect in 30 days. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California (including West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles), have passed similar legislation.

CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and the non-profit began back in June 2012. Other animal welfare organizations joined forces later on to assist in the effort. This will be CAPS' fifth successfully introduced and passed ordinance of its kind and the 32nd city in the US with anti-puppy mill legislation.

We got the ordinance we wanted. Getting it passed has been hard work but when I come home and look in the eyes of my little puppy mill dog, it makes me happy to have participated in making the sale of puppy mill dogs illegal in my city,” said Sydney Cicourel, San Diego campaign coordinator for CAPS, who's been working on the ordinance for more than a year with the committee.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-06
Publication name: Huffington Post
URL for more info: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carole-raphaelle-davis/san-diego-moves-to-ban-pu_b_3202921.html
Summary:
Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-02
Publication name: KPBS
URL for more info: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/may/02/san-diego-proposal-ban-retail-sale-dogs-cats-and-r/
Summary:
A San Diego proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and commercial establishments was approved Wednesday by the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-02
Publication name: Fox 5 San Diego
URL for more info: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/05/01/council-considers-pet-store-ban-on-sale-of-dogs-cats-rabbits/#axzz2SFH7hRNu
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Wednesday the City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee heard a heated debate over the proposal, but ultimately decided to move forward. The ordinance will now go before the entire City Council for a vote.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-01
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/san-diego-poised-to-ban-the-sale-of-puppy-mill-pets
Summary:
Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-01
Publication name: ABC San Diego - 10 News
URL for more info: http://www.10news.com/news/proposed-ordinance-would-ban-sale-of-dogs-cats-rabbits-bred-from-puppy-mills-or-factory-farms-04302013?fb_action_ids=10151880667433626&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
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SAN DIEGO - Local animal rights activists are trying to put some pet stores out of business. They want retail shops purchasing cats, dogs and rabbits from factory farms or 'puppy mills' to be shut down.
Companion Animal Protection Society, or CAPS, is a group aimed to educate pet owners about puppy mills and pet stores who buy from them.

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Ban proposed on sale of dogs, cats, rabbits in pet stores

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SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 1, 2013 – San Diego takes one step closer to stopping the puppy mill cycle by considering a ban on the retail sale of companion animals. These actions mirror other initiatives, spearheaded by Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), in cities across the US and Canada.

The City Council of San Diego meets today to consider an Office of the City Attorney's draft of a CAPS proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within San Diego. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California like West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles, passed similar legislation.

The Council's Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhood Services meeting includes a discussion of the ordinance details and supporting evidence. CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and CAPS began as far back as June, 2012. A group of other animal welfare organizations formed later to assist this effort.

David Salinas, owner of San Diego Puppy, will be represented by Mike Canning, CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and is expected to speak against the ordinance. According to various sources they will argue shelters and rescues are trying take down the competition by pushing legislation. CAPS own investigation into Salinas' various business, including his pet shop and earlier online ventures, concluded he obtained dogs from known puppy mills.

The meeting will take place today (May 1, 2013) at 2:00 PM PST. Marti Emerald is the current Public Safety and Neighborhood Services chairperson.

Location: Council Committee Room, 12 Floor,
City Administration Building 202 C Street,
San Diego, California.

Contact CAPS for more information about the ordinance, investigations into San Diego area pet shops, or CAPS ongoing national awareness campaign (Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Publication/Event date: 2013-04-29
Publication name: La Mesa - Mount Helix Patch
URL for more info: http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/poll-should-cities-ban-the-sale-of-dogs-and-cats-from-retail-outlets
Summary:
In late 2010, after 22 months of weekly protests, a pet store in Grossmont Center went out of business amid accusations it sold “puppy mill” pets—often-sick dogs that included one bought by an Iraq war veteran.

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2013-04-26
Publication name: Southwest Riverside News Network (SWRNN)
URL for more info: http://www.swrnn.com/2013/04/26/pet-stores-under-fire-by-watchdog-committees-in-san-diego/
Summary:
The City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is scheduled next week to consider banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego.

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San Diego To Consider Ban On Retail Sale Of Animals
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CAPS is very proud to announce that after working with the Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee of the City of San Diego’s City Council since early last year, there will be a meeting on March 13 to discuss the drafting of an ordinance to Prohibit the Sale of Cats & Dogs in Pet Stores in the City of San Diego.

This is similar to legislation passed in 30 other cities across the country. CAPS has spearheaded three other similar ordinances in Southern California. Los Angeles was the latest, with 24 stores that will no longer be able to sell puppies from inhumane factory farms.

After our submission early last year of a two year investigation of San Diego Pet Stores, and their puppy mill suppliers, the committee has decided to move forward on this issue.

ALL ANIMAL ORGANIZATIONS DEVOTED TO PROTECTING ANIMALS, PLEASE ATTEND! THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2PM

Where: City Administration Building – Council Committee Room – 12th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA

Please join this important effort!
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