David Salinas, CEO of San Diego Puppy, has chosen to continue to sell purebred puppies at the retail store, despite the passage of a law which took effect in early September, which prohibits him from doing so.
On Wednesday, San Diego Animal Control officers arrived at the Grantville retail outlet intending to cite Salinas for breaking the new law; because no sales were taking place while the officers were there, Salinas skirted a citation.
Salinas feels that the new law is "illegal," and he claims that he was not informed of the law, which was passed in a public forum, and publicized in media outlets both locally, and across the nation.
He claimed ignorance, stating:
Not a single letter or a single phone call. Nothing,
The new law is meant to help curtail the mass production of animals; specifically, commercially bred pets such as those found as puppy mills.
Pet stores are still able to sell cats, dogs and rabbits who have been obtained from nonprofit rescue agencies, animal shelters, or humane societies. Salinas has stated that this new law does not fit his company's "business model."
To have to go on what they call the humane model is completely bogus for us,
We’re not prepared to sell larger dogs. We’re not prepared to deal with the psychological issues that some shelter dogs have.
Salinas' reference to not being prepared to sell larger dogs, with "issues," seems to imply that small dogs, and/or puppies, are nowhere to be found in the San Diego area.
Within the last 24 hours, a posting on the San Diego Puppy Facebook page boldly stated:
Yes we're open - We are fighting the illegal ordinance that the city of San Diego has passed - Come on down great puppies. Mention this Facebook post and get $200 off.
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