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.
Publication name: Bea's Beat
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/bea/2013/03/25/257/
The last couple of months have been purely magical. Ever since February 2013, CAPS’ “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills” campaign has been all over the USA. Our PSA “This Is the Face of a Puppy Mill Dog,” starring me and fabulous model Kiley Wirtz-Jennings, has aired on PBS stations in Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, and Chicago. Being the star in a PSA isn’t enough for a girl like me, though! Ever since I was a pup, I’ve had big goals and the last couple of months I’ve seen some of those dreams come true. This is all so exciting!
CAPS will begin working with other animal welfare groups, including the San Diego Humane Society, the Animal Welfare Coalition and others in a committee organized by the Public Health and Neighborhood Safety Committee. This is a great day for animals everywhere in our city and our world who have no voice!
Thanks so much to all that came in support of the CAPS presentation!!!
We did it!!!