West Hollywood Puts the Bite on Puppy Mills and Kitty Factories - NBC Southern California

West Hollywood Puts the Bite on Puppy Mills and Kitty Factories

Council unanimously votes for pet sales ban.



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    This photo supplied by 24/7 Media shows Norfolk terrier Eleanor, right, playing with her new kitty friend, Lil' Joey at the Pet Set doggie day care in Long Beach, Calif., on May 16, 2003. The day care, run by Eleanor's owner, offers overnight stays and dog and cat babysitting during the day for owners who work long hours. The photo by Suzanne Mapes is from a new book, "Cats 24/7," by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen. The cat photos in the book are selected from thousands submitted last fall from animal lovers and American photojournalists. The book and a companion dog book, reflecting the diversity of cat and dog life across America, contain more than 500 photos each. (AP Photo/ 24/7 Media, Suzanne Mapes)

    The city of West Hollywood has decided to put a leash on dog and cat sales.

    The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban stores from selling cats and dogs in a move aimed at curbing puppy mills and kitty factories.

    Pet shops will be permitted, however, to offer animals from shelters.

    City officials acknowledged the new ordinance would have little bite -- no pet stores in the city currently sell animals – but they're hoping it will have a lot of bark and other municipalities  will follow suit.

    A socially liberal enclave surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, West Hollywood has long held a reputation as a trailblazer in animal welfare rights.