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I Can Haz Puppy: Councilmember Pushes for Crackdown on Puppy Mills

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Councilman Paul Koretz is undertaking a mission to ban stores and individuals from selling puppies born at puppy mills, reports ABC 7.The push starts slowly -- Koretz has introduced a bill that would study the possibility of banning sales of the animals, many of which are bought and sold through pet stores. The councilmember hopes that by banning animals purchased at mills, more shelter animals could make their way to the stores and find homes.

According to NBC, the ultimate goal is to get to no-kill shelters eventually. That would mean a drastic reduction in the number of dogs and cats taken in by LA shelters, which now numbers around 56,000, notes NBC.

The motion was announced at a news conference today, to which Koretz wisely brought puppies.