Hollywood to consider outlawing pet sales

February 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The city of West Hollywood is poised to outlaw the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores because of concerns about commercial animal-breeding facilities. The City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on the ordinance.

Existing pet stores would be grandfathered in when the law goes into effect March 19 to allow them to adjust to the new restrictions.

Councilman Jeffrey Prang says the goal of the new law is to eliminate the demand for commercially bred dogs and cats and reduce inhumane conditions in the breeding industry, which relies on retail pet stores for profit.

He says people should instead consider adopting from municipal shelters or nonprofit rescue agencies.