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Oceanside Residents Protest Puppy Mills



Last weekend Oceanside residents and animal lovers protested in front of a newly opened puppy store on Oceanside Blvd.

Protesters stated that the puppies are trucked in from puppy mills in Missouri instead of coming from local shelters and their goal is to rally support in the city of Oceanside to create a ban on the sale of puppies, kittens, and bunnies at retail storefronts.

Over a dozen cities in California including Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Chula Vista, and San Diego have adopted ordinances placing restrictions on the sale of animals from commercial breeders. The ban was created to stop the flow of puppy-mill puppies into those cities, which increases the number of  dogs left languishing in shelters, effectively increasing the number of animals euthanized each year and costing cities money.

As one of the protesters put it, “We want them to be here. We love the business. We just don’t want them to sell puppy-mill dogs. It would be wonderful if they would take puppies from our shelters because we have hundreds of them.”

Follow the link for the full story in the Union Tribune: Oceanside-pet-store-protest


3 thoughts on “Oceanside Residents Protest Puppy Mills

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  2. Who’s going to pay that much money for a dog and then put them in a shelter. Besides if someone wants a mixed dog the shelter is fine. Do you know how hard it is to get a puppy from a shelter? Everyone wants one so you have to be put on a list. So I bought one from a breeder. I’ve done it 5 times and wasn’t able to get the puppy I wanted. So I bought one from a breeder. Do I know if it was a puppy mill? NO but how could I don’t know what they do behind closed doors. I’m glad there’s a puppy pet store here. The only thing stopping me from making a purchase is the price a few hundred is ok, but I can pay a bunch of bills for a few thousand. I think the protesters should leave them alone. The puppies look clean and healthy. The store is very clean and doesn’t smell bad like the shelter.

  3. It happens Zinnea, spend too much for a pet and then can’t afford the vet bills or move somewhere that doesn’t accept pets…it happens more than you would think. People should be able to make informed buying decisions and the group referenced in the article is not trying to shut down local breeders, or any business for that matter, only to ban unethical practices of some puppy retailers. Yes, sometimes you have to be patient when adopting the pet you want, but getting a pet is not a decision to be taken lightly. When you buy at Oceanside Puppy, this is what you support:

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