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Burbank Adopts Strict New Laws For Retail Pet Sales

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Pet stores in Burbank are going to have to make some rigorous changes to how they do business, thanks to a ban adopted this week by the City Council.

Burbank will now require retail pet stores to obtain the cats and dogs they sell from animal shelters or rescues, and have banned the procurement of mill-bred animals, according to the Burbank Leader. But the Council took the ban a step further, and added a ban on stores selling animals from any breeder, whether they be "commercial or hobbyist."

The ban was approved 4-1.

There is a six-month grace period for existing pet stores to adjust their purchasing.

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While animal rights activists, as well as puppy-loving kiddos, spoke in favor of the ban, detractors fear the new policy will be a detriment to the local economy, particularly for small businesses.

Last year, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits purchased from commercial breeders. Other local cities with similar bans include West Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Hermosa Beach.