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Carlsbad approves immediate ban on new pet stores

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) - The City of Carlsbad has approved an immediate ban on new pet stores.

"Just because a business is legal does not make it moral or good," said Janice Hatch with the San Diego Animal Defense Team.

Under this ordinance, California Pets which has a store in Westfield Carlsbad Mall, will be allowed to remain but outspoken animal rights advocates backing a complete ban on retail pet stores claim that these for-profit operations rely on puppy mills - high-volume and questionable commercial dog breeders usually from out of state.

"They're cruel and inhumane," said one opponent at Tuesday night's meeting. "They live in filth and they see no daylight. Their mother dogs are bred to death. It's just inhumane and it's wrong."

However, many opposing the ordinance said a ban would limit consumer choice and could encourage the unregulated sale of pets.

Currently, the federal government, through roughly 100 USDA inspectors nationwide, is charged with the overwhelming task of overseeing commercial pet breeders and retail pet stores.

Carlsbad's city council ultimately passed the ban three to zero with the city's mayor vocally opposing the move, saying it is wrong to try to eliminate law-abiding businesses.

"It is your federal government shortchanging you. They are not meeting the letter of the law," said Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall.

The owner of California Pets, which has another location in Escondido, said he has not sold pets obtained from puppy mills for the past six years - a claim that many animal rights advocates blasted at Tuesday night's council meeting.

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