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Thursday, July 25, 2013
San Diego Pet Store Ordinance passed
It is now illegal to sell a pet in San Diego that was not bred and raised on your premises.
San Diego Pet Store Ordinance
Passed as amended on July 23, 2013
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Fanciers and all;
The final reading, and passage, for the City of San Diego "Pet Store selling ban" was yesterday, July 23rd. The ordinance will take effect in 30 days. San Diego becomes the 32nd City in the USA to pass a similar ban. This ordinance goes further than many others; however, because it prohibits any person who is "engaged in retail or wholesale commerce " from selling dogs, cats or rabbits in any pet store or "commercial establishment", other than those certified as coming from a shelter or 501(c)3 rescue organzation.
We had a small group of 3 cat fanciers, 1 dog fancier, 2 bird fanciers, 2 pet store owners and a few other people who opposed the ordinance. We asked for Item # 54 to be pulled from the consent list and were given the opportunity to speak. There were no speakers in support.
Testimony covered our main concerns. To watch a video of the testimony go to:
We are relieved that the final revised ordinance exemption paragraph (b) language remains intact. The ordinance does not apply to the transfer or sale of dogs, cats and rabbits "from the premises on which they were bred and reared." I asked that this be changed to say "from a residential premises" explaining that cat fanciers do sometimes sell or transfer a cat they have not bred and reared, including strays; however, they did not do this.
Council Member Lightner responded to our request for a review of this ordinance in 1 year and was assured that staff was instructed to do this. She asked many other questions and referred to the unintended consequences we have presented.
We appreciated the two Council Members, Lightner and Sherman, who voted against the entire ordinance. Many thanks to those who wrote letters and provided information for the Council and to everyone who attended any of the three hearings on this ordinance.
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