The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance spearheaded by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich to reduce animal cruelty associated with puppy mills.
“This ordinance will close puppy mills, which have historically abused animals by placing them in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food and water,” said Antonovich.
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Under the ordinance, which applies to the County’s unincorporated areas, breeders will be required to:
-- wait until dogs are at least 12 months old before breeding them
-- keep puppies on premises until they are at least eight weeks old
-- separate pregnant females at least three days before they give birth
-- and provide nesting boxes for the moms and their pups
Also, all new pups will have to be micro-chipped at four months and pet stores will have to disclose the source of their animals.
The ordinance will be mailed out to all of the County’s 88 cities urging them to adopt a similar ordinance. To read the full text of the ordinance please visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov .