Breaking News: L.A. Passes Puppy Mill Law

It looks like Los Angeles County didn’t want to wait for a national or statewide puppy mill law to go into effect.  On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to protect animals raised by breeders or kept in pet stores.


According to Daily News Wire Services, the law was introduced by Supervisor Michael Antonovich, “an animal lover who presents a dog or cat for adoption at virtually every board meeting he attends.”


The ordinance is an amendment to Title 10 – the code relating to the licensing of animals and animal facilities, and the care and breeding of animals.


The new ordinance will require breeders to:

  • Only breed dogs that are at least 12 months old.
  • Keep puppies in their possession until they are at least 8 weeks old.
  • Place pregnant dogs in separate living quarters at least three days before they give birth.
  • Provide nesting boxes for mother dogs and their puppies.

The new rules also make sure all puppies are microchipped or tattooed when they turn four months old.  


And pet shops will be required to inform potential pet owners where the puppies in their store come from.


The Board of Supervisors apparently had some disagreements about limiting the number of dogs a breeder could own, so they came up with this compromise.


Breeders will be limited to housing 50 unspayed or unneutered dogs unless they can prove to county officials they can properly care for more.


Those breeders will be mandated to keep stricter medical records, have staff at the facility 18 hours a day and be subject to more frequent inspections, at their own cost.


Title 10 currently requires breeders to provide “structurally sound” housing that is clean and sanitary, enclosures with solid bottoms, wholesome food, accessible clean water and proper grooming for the dogs. 


It also states no animal shall be left unattended for more than 12 consecutive hours, requires veterinary care, humane treatment and exercise.


Even with the amendments L.A.’s Title 10 is far from perfect. However it covers most of the same regulations as Missouri’s Proposition B that was passed by the voters last November. 


That law is being hacked apart by legislators and breeder associations’ who complain how its restrictions will inhibit their livelihood.


To read the complete ordinance – Click Here


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William C
William C6 months ago

Thanks for the information.

W. C
W. C6 months ago

Thank you for caring.

April P.
April Payne6 years ago

what is wrong with you people that voted 'yes' to the act's mentioned rules would keep dogs safe?? do you not realize that this act still allows puppymills? any dog in a puppymill is not safe no matter how they try to sugarcoat i. they will still find ways to treat the dogs badly, just for the sake of convenience and low costs; puppymill handlers usually find a way around things just to make their work easier for them and to keep as much money as they can. puppyills need to be banned completely!

Caro M.
Kristy M6 years ago

Puppy mills are a disgrace!

Luciane S.
Luciane S.6 years ago

I say "NO MORE PUPPY MILLS". Period.

Lyn N.
Neela N6 years ago

There is no way in hell that animal investigators can keep track of all the breeders out there. There should be NO MORE breeding of any animal that would be a companion animal for at least 5 yrs. The shelters are more than overflowing with pups and kittens and rabbits that were bred for a profit and only after did the so-called breeders realize that they couldn't keep up with caring for all the animals they had the right way.

Just spay/neuter? Even then there will always be animals used and abused by the soulless that live among us.

Valerie G.
Val G6 years ago

Feel the same way as Nicky M.!!!
Thank you Sharon.

Sheri Bender-Schongold
Sheri Schongold6 years ago

Fortunately or unfortunately, LA County is part of the state of CA which is part of the USA. Upon reflection, What I am trying to say is that they have as much obligation to protect their animals, as they do the people. Since they seem to have a problem protecting their citizens, I'm not surprised they are not able to protect the animals.

Gypsy Willow
Jamie Willow7 years ago

Well at least they're taking the first step in the right direction, but they still need to get rid of puppy mills forever!

Deb G.
Deb G7 years ago

It's not perfect, still too much breeding, but at least they are acknowledging the problem and attemtping to address the issue, unlike the state in which I live.