Wednesday, July 3, 2013

San Diego Ban on Pet Sales in Retail Stores

 From: Dr. Kay A. Henderson
Dear Dog Folks,

We still don't know the time, for certain, but we know the date, July 9.  We think the time will be 2:00 pm (see below).  We  need to be a force to reckon with.  This isn't just about San Diego City Council putting the only pet store that sells purebred dogs out of business by restraining trade.  It is in part about San Diego City setting a precedent that rescue animals are a superior commodity to purebred animals.  It gives rescue groups and shelters carte blanche to acquire MX and other foreign stray dogs and sell them at adoption events.  While Pet Stores that buy dogs are regulated by Polanco-Lockyear-Farr and hobby breeders are bound by the Lemon Law (Polanco-Lockyer) these groups are not regulated at all.  Anyone who fills out the IRS paperwork can be a non-profit rescue group  with no oversight.  Some of these groups make Million$$$.  Our border does not regulate the 10,000 puppies that cross into San Diego each year.  That is the job of the CDC and they are not present at our border.  When the poorly bred, malnourished, unsocialized imported  puppies of stray dogs fail in their new homes, they end up in the San Diego County Shelter at the taxpayer's expense and somehow the purebred hobby breeder gets blamed for "overpopulation".  This is a meeting where we must make a stand.  Please  write letters and make phone calls and attend the meeting.  Also share this information with your club members, friends, and families.

We oppose the Ban on Pet Sales in Retail Stores.  We can make certain that pet stores are not buying from bad commercial breeders if the ordinance requires that they purchase only from sellers with no direct (animal welfare) violations.  This is a matter of public record.  We want the ordinance to require that rescues and shelters are held to the same standards of care and guarantees that California pet stores and hobby breeders must meet.  We do not want to see a City prohibit a store from selling lawfully obtained, regulated and legal pets because the very next step is to ban hobby breeders.

Please call or email and say.  "I oppose the ban on pet sales".  Phone calls to Councilmembers all go to the same #,  619 236-555, so dial it 10 times to reach the Mayor and the nine Councilmembers. 

Best regards,

Kay A Henderson, PhD
Legislative Liaison
Del Sur Kennel Club

District 1 Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner  Email:
District 2 Councilmember Kevin Faulconer  Email:
District 3 Council President Todd Gloria   Email:
District 4 Myrtle Cole  Email:
District 5 Councilmember Mark Kersey  Email:
District 6Councilmember Lorie Zapf  Email:
District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman   Email:
District 8 Councilmember David Alvarez  Email:
District 9 Councilmember Marti Emerald Email:
Mayor Bob Filner  Phone: 619 236-6330, FAX: 619 236-7228 Email:

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Subject: [AKC-legislative-liaisons] Fwd: Take Action! Support San Diego Ban on Pet Sales in Retail Stores
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 01:52:43 -0400 (EDT)
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From: Gary Weitzman, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA <>
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Sent: Tue, Jul 2, 2013 6:37 pm
Subject: Take Action! Support San Diego Ban on Pet Sales in Retail Stores

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San Diego Humane Society
Dear friend of the animals,

Pet Retail Ban - bunny, cat, dogAn important issue is before the City Council that I'd like to bring to your attention.  You may recall that I wrote to you about a month ago about a ban on the sale of dogs/puppies, cats/kittens and rabbits in San Diego pet stores.  This ordinance is for the City of San Diego only and represents a vital step to target puppy mills and other large-scale, irresponsible breeders.  The City Council meeting to introduce this proposed ordinance is taking place on Tuesday, July 9th. 

We need your support!

The more support we can show for this ordinance, the better.  If you haven't had an opportunity to contact your city councilmember to express your support, we've made it easy for you to do so.  Simply follow this link to our website which includes more information about the ordinance and instructions for how you can cut and paste an email showing your support for this important ordinance.

Also, if you live in the City of San Diego and would like to show your support in person, you are welcome to join us at the City Council chambers for the meeting on July 9th.  We believe we will be part of the 2pm meeting agenda, but please check the City Council website to confirm. 

In addition, please join us from noon-2pm outside the City Council building for an adoption event.  Other animal shelters, rescues and animal adoption partners will join us to showcase homeless animals in need of a loving home.

Thank you for your support and for taking action on behalf of the animals in our community.

Warm regards,
Gary Signature

Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
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