Carlsbad Bans Commercial Sale of Pets

A proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders was adopted unanimously on Tuesday in Carlsbad.

The Carlsbad City Council adopted the measure, which had been approved last week by the council. The ban will take effect in 30 days.

It includes any commercial breeders, such as pet stores, that sell dogs and cats, but does not encompass the sale or adoption of dogs and cats from non-commercial breeders.

Carlsbad officials said there is currently one pet store selling dogs and cats that has six months to comply with the new ban.

City councilors considered a similar ban in 2013, but it did not pass at the time. The City of Oceanside recently passed a similar ban.

A new release from Carlsbad city officials said the city council also “directed city staff to pursue legislation at the state and federal level to ensure the responsible and humane breeding and care of dogs and cats.”

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