The city of San Diego, California passed a new ordinance on July 23rd that prohibits the commercial sale of any animals unless those animals come from local shelters. The ordinance went into effect September 4th, and pet store San Diego Puppy is raising a fuss.
Owner, David Salinas, became incensed when animal control officers, responding to a complaint, arrived at his store in Grantville where they proceeded to try and cite the store for violation of the ordinance.
Salinas says he not only was unaware that the law was in effect, but that the law is a violation of his rights to "free speech" (?), due process, and claimed illegal search and seizure. He wrote this in a letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith outlining that they are a seller of puppies and cannot deal with the possible psychological issues that sometimes accompany shelter dogs. Further, he states his business is not prepared to handle full size dogs. (Fox5SanDiego)
The matter is under investigation and no citation has been issued as AC officers did not witness any puppy sales while on sight.
A city official states that the new ordinance (which made the news nationwide) was "passed in public session" in July after city residents fought for it in an effort to curb illegal puppy mills (and thusly, animal abuse) and help encourage the sale of shelter animals who need a home.
What do you think? Is San Diego Puppy correct that they have the right to continue selling puppies despite the new ordinance or is the city within its rights to set policy for businesses that deal with the sale of live animals? Sound off below.
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