Over a dozen cities in California including Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Chula Vista, and San Diego have adopted ordinances placing restrictions on the sale of animals from commercial breeders. The ban was created to stop the flow of puppy-mill puppies into those cities, which increases the number of dogs left languishing in shelters, effectively increasing the number of animals euthanized each year and costing cities money. Friends of Fire Mountain
Under a City of San Diego ordinance passed in July, no store can display, sell, deliver, offer for sale, auction or give away animal pets in the city. Existing pet stores, including San Diego Puppy, were given up to six months to stop those practices. While this was a big win for animals in the City of San Diego, people who care about the humane treatment of pets are concerned about the opening of puppy mills in areas of the county which do not have a similar ordinance.
Animal rights activists in Oceanside have recently been protesting the presence of puppy mills and will request that the Oceanside City Council adopt an ordinance that would ban these businesses.
The City of Oceanside will hear this issue on Wednesday September 25 beginning at 5 pm
Oceanside City Council Chambers
300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA
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The following is an open letter to the Oceanside Mayor and City Council, in support of an ordinance.
People almost universally agree with the Ghandi quote “You can judge a society by how it treats its animals”but now is the time our convictions are being put to the test. Please vote to ban retail puppy sales of animals raised in puppy mills in the City of Oceanside and thereby end the suffering of the captive mothers and puppies in unsanitary and uncaring, profit-first environments.
We put an end to this travesty here in San Diego, but that has just pushed these operations out to other cities such as Oceanside. A state wide law seems merited but also unachievable in any reasonable time frame. Please end the suffering in Oceanside by banning the retail sales of animals from puppy mills on Wednesday’s vote.
If we remain silent and harbor these dens of suffering and disease, we are hardening our hearts to the other disadvantaged members of our society such as the poor and homeless. Banning the puppy mills is a simple, easy step to creating the society we want to have for ourselves and our children.
Robert & Marilyn Kingsley
Efforts are also underway to protest the passage of an ordinance. Supporters are asked to arrive early.