Blog: L.A. is Man's Best Friend; Newport Harbors the Inhumane

The city of Los Angeles has vowed to protect man's best friend. It's time for Newport Beach to do the same.

Los Angeles, the second largest city in the nation, has just passed a landmark ordinance targeting high volume commercial breeders to reduce the number of animals euthanized each year and to help shut down puppy and kitten mills. This ordinance does not affect responsible hobby breeders, only those who sell to pet dealers. 

Newport Beach citizens have presented evidence of community victimization in fraudulent sales of sick and dying animals from Russo’s in Fashion Island. In a personal meeting with a council member last year, it was said that council is aware Russo’s sells puppy mill puppies. But the Newport Beach City Council is "business at all costs,” despite the clear fact that humane businesses, such as  Muttropolis, do floursih without fraud and animal abuse.

On Oct. 31, Russo’s Spectrum in Irvine closed their doors because owner Dan Digiacomo’s refused to practice a humane business model. Elizabeth Oreck, of Best Friends Animal Society, is an expert in drafting city ordinances and continues to play a key role in Los Angeles helping pet stores transition into humane business models. 

"Puppy mills are in business to supply the retail pet trade. Meanwhile 500,000 animals are euthanized in California's shelters every year at taxpayer expense," Oreck said. "To continue importing puppies and kittens from mills in other states while we are killing the surplus that are already filling our shelters simply doesn't make sense."

Oreck said ordinances that restrict the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in retail outlets are critical in the fight against pet mills.

"As the demand for these animals gets smaller, so too will the supply. This is why 27 other cities have already passed similar ordinances to address the puppy and kitten mill crisis in their own communities," Oreck explained. "It's time for Newport Beach to follow suit." 



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Mikey Earthling November 03, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Pet stores---take note: stop fighting the inevitable and convert to a humane and rescue-centric business model or close up shop. It takes some serious gall to continue peddling puppy mill dogs while so many homeless animals are being euthanized on a daily basis. Newport Beach City Council, do the puppy mill dogs that languish in mills throughout this country justice and add your voice to the growing chorus of cities saying NO to puppy mills and the pet shops that support them.
TRACEY November 03, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Kristy Alger November 03, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Pet stores, and animal breeding mills worldwide. Know this: your days of profiting from pain are numbered. We know who you are, where you are located. We know what you are doing, and why. We will take you down. The community has spoken, a resounding NO to breeding mills.
Kelly Smith November 03, 2012 at 02:28 AM
An estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year across the United States. 84% of owned cats and 72% of owned dogs are already spayed or neutered. The majority of pet overpopulation comes from unaltered pets living in low-income neighborhoods. In some Triangle NC shelters, up to 75% of all incoming animals are euthanized to make room for more. Fifty thousand puppies and kittens are born every day in our country. U.S. taxpayers spend up to $2 billion each year on services to collect, house, destroy and dispose of unwanted animals.
maria centeno November 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
no to puppy mills this is sick animal cruelty! you have no right to breed dogs and cause them pain and suffering for profit, they are precious lives that deserve compassion, kindness, and respect. We will never stop fighting against you and make sure you will STOP for good!
Mary Ann Majia November 04, 2012 at 02:42 AM
How easy is it to adopt a pet, as opposed to buying one? Where I live, I went over to the shelter to adopt a dog. The paranoid mistrust combined with the bureaucratic procedures (including a "home visit" by the shelter personnel) was more than off-putting, it was insulting. I wrote a letter to the local paper complaining, and went to a local store where friendly and helpful sales staff helped me get the pet I wanted.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" November 04, 2012 at 03:31 AM
as you may have found out in life, there are rude people in EVERY FACET ON EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD.. It is truly saddening that convenience is more important to you than not contributing to federal torture of your puppy's mother... you are one of the many CONVENIENCES OF OUR SOCIETY that have condemned her death living an entire life of UNLAWFUL FEDERAL TORTURE WHILE BRED TO DEATH IN A PUPPY MILL... your dogs siblings are in a science lab right now, and you contributed to their daily inhuman and monstrous pain as well...on behalf of our Companions, not thanks for nothing, thanks for the inhuman misery you funded for convenience
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" November 04, 2012 at 03:43 AM
If you would like to leave the name of puppy's breeding mill or broker on your paper work, I will be happy to inform you of the heartless cruelty details of the animal torturer you chose to purchase a pet from , instead of someone who may have been a little "rude"
Jena Sword November 04, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Yes Mary Ann.. it is aggravating to have to fill out an adoption form.. have a home visit.. then wait for the organization to approve you as the new owner of the dog..or refuse you and choose someone else. I think it's sad that you are not impressed with the procedures and requirements. The shelters are trying to place those animals into loving homes with responsible owners.. They don't want them to have worse than they've had before.. That puppy you bought at the store.. where all those employees were friendly and helpful.. just remember..if that puppy has a disease or birth defect that show's up later on.. due to over breeding and all the horrors their mothers are exposed too.. and you think you deserve a refund because of the puppy's health.. those very friendly and accommodating staff that was so happy to help you when you purchased the puppy...will treat you as though you are some kind of low life scammer for trying to return a defective product.. They will not be helpful..or friendly.. and you will not get a refund. If you truly are an animal lover and you decide to take the animal to the vet.. your bill could run into the hundreds of dollars.. and.. very easily run into the thousands. Those stores couldn't careless about the animals and they don't care what they were exposed to that could be carried to your other animals if you have any. It's that kind of attitude that all of us who are passionate about animal welfare want so much to change..
Jena Sword November 04, 2012 at 08:06 AM
We have a store that sells puppy mill puppies in the town where I live. They won't even let you pay for the puppy..and take it immediately to the vet and if something is wrong.. they WILL NOT REFUND your money. If you are going to get an animal because you love animals.. compassion for the homeless and abused ones should melt your heart.. and.. the minor inconvenience to meeting the adoption requirements should be considered a responsible procedure to ensure the animals future. If you are getting a dog..that will always be considered "just a dog" ... and you only want one because.. your child wants one or you're getting it because everyone else has one.. then your attitude is understandable..
Cindy Wines November 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I have 5 rescue dogs. My Chow/Australian Shepard mix was 3 months old and was trembling. I got her from the Tucson Humane Society. She is such a joy. I adopted a Chow/Akita mix that was rejected by her family because they were getting a divorce and he was being shipped to Iraq. She was to be put down in 3 days and a gal that does pet cremations called me because she knew I loved dogs. HSUS unless I could have him. I named him SPot and everytime he comes in from outside, he licks me. We moved up to Northern Idaho to work with a horse rescue ranch where many horses come in because of the economy of abuse. He has had to turn any future horses away. He is up to 75 and can't take any more. We rescued a cocker spaniel from Colfax, WA that had been an outside dog for 2 years. She is older, had a rotten mouth, no shots and full of burrs. She is a good doggie. I would l never buy from a breeder because of what I know. A dog that is mixed is stronger and better and they have great personalities. For every dog you buy from a breeder, you are killing a dog in the pound. Everyone should get their dogs and cats fixed. That is VERY important too. We have 3 indoor cats (one is 18 yrs old) 6 barn cats that come in at night (the barn) so they don't get eaten by coyotes and our 5 dogs that are out during the day and in at night. :)
Cindy Wines November 04, 2012 at 10:15 PM
We also have a lab mix that is boyfriend to our little Ginger. So we have the 5 dogs, 9 cats and we also have 3 horses from Orphan acres Horse rescue in V iola, ID. I had to continue down here because I had too many words above. We love them all and there are so many wonderful pets that are sitting in the pound waiting to die!! :(


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