Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Puppy Power! New Ordinance Offers Better Pet Protection In L.A.

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

puppies_ordinance.jpg
Photo by Synapped via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr


Photo by Synapped via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed amendments on Tuesday to an existing ordinance requiring pet breeders and pet owners in Los Angeles County to follow new rules designed to better protect the health of animals, reports KPCC.

Breeders will now have to wait until dogs are at least a year old before breeding them, and no more than 50 unspayed or unneutered dogs over a year old are permitted in one house. "Pet stores also will have to disclose where they animals they sell came from," reports KPCC.

Large-scale animal operations and individual pet owners will be affected by the ordinance that also now mandates tattoos or identifying microchips for puppies by the time they’re four months old. Additionally, It will be illegal for pet owners in L.A. County to tie their dogs to fenceposts or trees for extended periods of time, and it will be illegal to use choke collars to tie dogs to a running line, reports KPCC.

Support for LAist comes from

The 15-page ordinance continues with details regarding cleanliness and maintenance of kennels, pet stores, and breeding facilities. The sponsor of this measure is Supervisor Mike Antonovich, says KPCC, "an animal lover who usually presents a pet for adoption at every board meeting." The ordinance takes effect in a month.