June 22, 2012


  • Sponsored by: San Diego Animal Defense Team
  • To: San Diego City Council Members and Mayor Jerry Sanders
  • Sent: June 22, 2012
  • Subject: Proposal of an ordinance to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in San Diego pet stores
Dear Mayor Sanders and Honorable Councilmembers:

We ask the San Diego City Council and Mayor Jerry Sanders to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores.

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 98% of puppies sold in pet stores originate in puppy mills. These are commercial dog breeding facilities operated for maximum profit by sacrificing the health and welfare of the breeding dogs as well as their pups.

These factory farms turn out up to 5 million puppies per year for the puppy store business and hold thousands of the breeding dogs captive in cages for their lifetimes.. At the same time, 4 million dogs are euthanized every year in the U.S. for lack of homes -- that's 10,000 dogs each day! Many of those same pet store puppies end up in our shelter system.

The HSUS, the ASPCA and the animal welfare organization Best Friends, are all campaigning to stop the sale of pet store puppies and shut down the inhumane puppy mills that supply them.

To ban the sale of pet store puppies would benefit San Diego financially. In 2006, Alburquerque, New Mexico banned the retail sale of all companion animals. Adoptions from shelters increased 23% and euthanasia rates dropped 35%.

Multiple cities across the U.S. have now joined Alburquerque.  Similiar legislation has been passed in the California cities of Los Angeles, Irvine, Glendale, South Lake Tahoe, West Hollywood, Hermosa Beach, Chula Vista and Laguna Beach.

It is time for the city of San Diego to follow their lead and become part of the solution. There is a serious pet overpopulation in San Diego. We must pass legislation to end the unchecked inflow of puppies from the cruel industry of commercial kennels and their sale through local pet stores.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We will be delivering a packet of background information to each of you next week, and will then be setting up appointments to discuss this urgent ordinance.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
San Diego Animal Defense Team

San Diego Animal Defense Team
a grassroots group of local animal advocates
who are working to break the cruel link between puppy mills  
and San Diego pet stores
email: sd_adt@yahoo.com

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