Sofia's Stray Dog Problem? Learn from LA!

November 9, 2012, Friday // 11:08

Dear editor,

Following is a piece of news that the governing bodies in Sofia could do well to look at as a means of helping with the stray dog problem in Bulgaria.

LA Council Votes to Ban Sales in Pet Stores
By LAdogs on November 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, News

Los Angeles has officially become the largest US city to ban pet stores from selling animals obtained from commercial breeders.

The LA City Council voted today (October 31, 2012) 13-2 in favor of a 3-year ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. After the 3-year period, the ban will be reevaluated.

The objective is to direct pet owners to local animal shelters, thereby reducing overcrowding in the shelters and reducing the number of animals that need to be put to sleep every year. It also addresses breeders who cut corners at the expense of the animals' health, in order to lower expenses.

Under the law, proposed by City Councilman Paul Koretz, individuals will still be allowed to buy directly from breeders, while pet stores will be allowed to sell animals that come from humane societies, animal shelters, and registered rescue group.

Best,

Brian Jones


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