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Puppies in Pet Stores May Soon Only Come From Shelters

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If LA City councilman Paul Koretz has his way, pet stores in Los Angeles will soon only be able to sell their fuzzy, adorable wares if they've been procured from shelters or rescues -- not from puppy mills.

The councilman introduced a motion to that effect at a city council meeting yesterday, reports the Huffington Post, as part of an attempt to make LA a no-kill city. The motion was approved in an 11-1 vote.

A spokesperson for Koretz' office added that the councilman doesn't want to go after breeders that offer humane conditions for animals, meaning that LA residents who insist on a purebred Yorkie can still get one.

"As long as you have sanitary humane conditions, you're not a puppy mill and you're licensed with one of the reputable organizations, you'll be fine,"Jeff Ebenstein told the Huffington Post.

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But it does mean that shelter dogs will be given a better chance at being adopted, and hopefully that puppy mills with terrible conditions for the animals will be on their way to being phased out.