L.A. Council Approves Ban on Selling Non-Rescue Pets
Los Angeles, Calif. -- (KTLA) The Los Angeles City Council has approved a ban that would prevent stores from selling commercially bred dogs, cats or rabbits.

In a vote of 13-2 Wednesday, the council approved the so-called "breeder ban."

The aim is to stop animals from being bred and kept in unsafe conditions at so-called puppy mills, and then being shipped off to pet stores.

However, pet lovers will still be able to buy animals directly from breeders.

Supporters say the new law is one way to combat L.A.'s pet over-population problem and to reduce the number of pets that are euthanized each year.

Last year the city took in more than 57,000 animals. Of those, 25 percent of the dogs and 57 percent of the cats had to be euthanized because they were not adopted.

The new law would affect some two dozen pet shops across the city.

Stores found to be selling animals from breeders may face misdemeanor charges and a first-time penalty of $250.

The Huntington Beach City Council in May passed a ban on the sale of dogs from puppy mills, and the city of Irvine passed a similar measure last year.