09 Jun '11, 5pm
Victory! Los Angeles Bans Puppy And Kitten Mills:
The Department of Animal Services took in about 55,000 animals last year and expects that number to rise this year. It euthanizes about 25 percent of dogs and 50 percent of cats that wind up in shelters. "We're not only protecting the animals, but we're protecting the people in the community, the people who don't know that when they go into a pet store they are paying hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for an animal that is likely to be sick (or) have genetic defects," Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette said. Barnette said she knows there are puppy mills in the city, but not how many. "A lot of them fly under the radar illegally. They're very clever, and they have their little lookouts and they will move from house to house to house, and move their animals with them and stay one step ahead of law enforcement," Barnette said.