The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors told animal control staffers on Tuesday to find ways to shut down so-called puppy mills.
A motion approved on Tuesday calls for county staff to review regulations, then report back with recommendations for ordinance amendments.
Animal Care and Control employees have seen a "significant increase" in cases of licensed kennels over-breeding dogs, often without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization, according to Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who led the board in calling for the new regulations.
"Currently, puppy mills are subject to limited county regulation and oversight (from) various agencies," he said.
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The board expects a report recommending amendments to existing ordinances within 45 days.