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Burbank Adopts Strict Laws For Retail Pet Sales

The city of Burbank, California appears to be joining Los Angeles and other local cities in banning pet stores from selling pets that come from breeders. In fact, the Burbank law, which if it receives final approval in a few weeks, goes even further than the Los Angeles law in that it prohibits the sale of animals from both commercial and hobbyist breeders.

The Burbank City Council voted 4-1 to give initial approval to the ban that would cover the retail sale of dogs and cats. If/when finalized, the law will provide for a 6-month transition period to allow pet store owners to make the necessary adjustments.

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14 Responses to Burbank Adopts Strict Laws For Retail Pet Sales

  1. pam February 4, 2013 at 2:22 AM #

    i feel that’s a good idea.they should promote shelter dogs & cats,bunnies could be done on computers,then a home visit,& YIPPEE! another 4ever home!

  2. amy May 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    I am al for adopting from shelters but some people want specific breeds. This requires a breeder. It is up to the buyer/pet parent to make sure the breeder is ethical or dont do business with them. I dont like pet stores and have never bought a pet from one.

    • Lisa May 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM #

      Not true. You can easily find specific breeds from rescues. If none at the local shelter, most every breed has a rescue group dedicated to it.

  3. Think about it May 16, 2013 at 4:59 AM #

    The problem is not breeders how many pure breed dogs do you see in the shelter! The problem is individuals who do not get their pet fixed and then take them to the pound or those whom get puppy with no thought for how they will care for it once it is grown

  4. LAdogs May 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM #


  5. Anna Sessler May 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM #

    bs amy. wanting a specific breed does NOT require going to a breeder! you can rescue a purebred puppy, trained adolescent or adult dog, of any breed you want, simply by doing an online search at, or contacting a breed rescue for your breed of choice. within less than an hour drive, i can go to GRAPE (golden retriever rescue), akita rescue, husky rescue, yorkie rescue, corgi rescue, irish setter rescue, you name it. These rescues are far better than breeders because they save purebreds from shelters, and are experts on their breeds, able to place them with perfect families, often FAR less expensive than buying, and you are, most importantly, SAVING LIVES. Do you really need a piece of paper to prove your dog is worth something? unless your purpose for getting a dog, is to improve that breed by researching, purchasing only the absolute best, healthiest most perfect examples of that breed, genetic testing and responsibly breeding only for the purpose of futuring that breed by maintaining an incredibly NON profitable operation…no one has any business BUYING any animal. I have a rare white mosiac chinchilla, two himilayan cats and a scottish fold, an akita, a husky, and an irish wolfhound, all 100% purebred, GORGEOUS.. and every single one, lives saved. All rescued! Ive also helped friends adopt pure chihuahauas,a border collie, a chocolate lab, a basset hound, and a great dane, ALSO, all rescued. Dont breed or buy while shelter pets die. Its a responsibility we all have, to cleaning up the mess irresponsible humans created.

    • Haley May 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

      You ROCK!! Wish I could post ur comment to my.FB PAGE!! Humans are sooo ignorant on this subject…not all, of course…but too many.. Think you should repost over and over to every breeders site, pet stores…(tape a copy of to doors when their not looking! I’m 45 , have been in animal rescue since a small small child as my Mother Helped to Start as well as Manage our local H.S. so I know all about this. One of the first rescue calls I went on with her, age 8-mid of night…A PUREBRED Doberman, had pups in a freezing dilapidated dog house..Daddy was Chained to the partial fence, pure bred as well… 9 pups were literally Stuck to the dog they we burborn wewet….we got them,took home (Mama too .. rubbed in car etc…in front of opp open,warm oven…6 lived! 🙂 healthy and perfect…the others had to be either still born or def dead when we arrived, as others appeared) all to IGNORANCE…BACK YARD BREEDERS…THIS country should have, I propose this to all…a 1 Year MORATORIUM ON HAVING ANY DOMESTIC ANIMALS BREED…WITH HEFTY, HEFTY FINES TO GET THIS EPIDEMIC UNDER CONTROL…MAYBE 2 years?? Even , EVEN for “professional” breeders…no such thing as… Healthier, happier animals and people alike…What ya think?? 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • lord vader May 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM #

        Whay gives u the right to say that. Ive tried the rescue route it ain’t easy. I wanted a puppy for my son and all the shelter had could offer was spastic 2-3 yr old puppies that were all pit mixes. We bought a mastador from a breeder that I know. While I’d love to save a shelter animal the shelter completely ignored the criteria we specified. Added to the fact you can’t meet the animals only look at pictures in a book I’d rather go somewhere my son can choose an appropriately aged puppy he can interact with.

  6. Kristen May 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM #

    & the pet stores get the dogs from where? This does not solve the problem. Rather, it adds a layer & does not make the breeder buyer a transparent process.

  7. 29 May 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

    Seems their looking for a tax . Vets want feed stores to stop providing shots .claims it take $ from them or dnt give shoots correctly .what a crockery

    • lord vader May 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM #

      I’m all for home inoculations it shouldn’t cost $200 for a vet to spend less then 5 minutes giving vacines .

  8. LAdogs May 25, 2013 at 9:15 PM #

    So Haley – What do you really think? 🙂

  9. Think about it June 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM #

    Rescue groups are great but in the end it is up to each individual. There is nothing wrong with wanting a specific breed. Responsible breeders are the reason we all have so many wonderful options in the first place. Not all breeders are monsters. A lot of average people do not take care of their pets and can do very cruel things with animals as well. As for giving your own shots I think it is a great idea. And help those who can not afford the high vet bills to better protect their pets health

    • Think about it June 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM #

      Gave my dog his shot this week cost $7.50. I would have paid over$100 at the vet for the same shot!!!!!

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