According to the Daily Breeze, the ordinance, requested by Councilmember Jeff Duclos, won unanimous support and will be formally adopted on April 13.
Currently there are no pet stores in Hermosa Beach that sell dogs or cats. City Manager Steve Burrell told the council that he distributed copies of the proposed ordinance to a pet store in the city and to a veterinarian who offers kittens for adoptions, although the ban would not affect veterinary clinics helping with pet adoptions.
“This is thought to provide the beginning of the emphasis on cutting down on the number of puppy mills and cat factories in various places,” Burrell said.
“We commend the humane leaders of Hermosa Beach for recognizing the direct link between inhumane puppy mills and local pet store sales of dogs and cats,” said Jennifer Fearing, the Humane Society of the United States’ California senior director, in a statement released today.
“Rather than supporting inhumane puppy mills by purchasing an animal from a pet shop or over the Internet, we encourage people to adopt pets from a shelter or rescue group, or to seek out a reputable breeder and visit their home to ensure any pets they purchase were reared with kindness.”
When the ordinance goes into effect, Hermosa Beach will become the third California city to ban pet stores, joining West Hollywood and South Lake Tahoe.