Pets of Bel Air To Possibly Close After Protests & Lawuit
The newest pet store to be protested: Barkworks in Thousand Oaks
It looks like Kim Sill's weekly protests with Last Chance for Animals in Bel-Air are paying off. She wrote to us last week saying that "the owner of the Pets of Bel Air, Tom Martin, confirmed that his days in the Beverly Glen Center are numbered. He will probably be out by the end of this month."
The Bel Air based pet store, known for selling dogs to celebrities including Paris Hilton, apparently has a class action lawsuit filed against them. Activists want to see stores work with adoptable pets and not puppy mills, which they say can be detrimental to a dog's long term health.
Actor and activist Chris DeRose said "we never wanted to put him out of business, we wanted him to go humane with a pet shop business model like Centinela Feed or Petco." No word yet if or when the store will officially close their doors.