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California Beach City Considers Retail Pet Sales Ban

Posted: April 13, 2012, 5:45 p.m. EDT


An ordinance to ban the retail sale of cats and dogs will be introduced at the Huntington Beach, Calif., city council meeting on Monday, April 16, 2012.

The ordinance would make it illegal for a commercial establishment to display, sell, deliver, offer for sale, barter, auction or otherwise transfer or dispose of dogs or cats in the city. Violation of the ordinance would result in a fine not to exceed $100.

Huntington Beach mulls pet sales ban

A public hearing has not been set for the ordinance, but interested parties can make comments during the “public comments” portion of the meeting or by emailing the council members.

Once introduced, the ordinance would require a second reading at a later meeting to be enacted. If passed, the ordinance would go into effect 30 days after adoption.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council opposes a ban on the retail sale of pets on the grounds that pet owners should have options as to where they obtain their animals based on the owner’s individual circumstances, needs and preferences. PIJAC urged its members to voice their concerns about the proposed ordinance to the city council members.

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