San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement this week issued a citation to Broadway Puppies in Escondido, for eight violations of failing to partner with a rescue that has a valid cooperative agreement with at least one public or private shelter.
The Humane Society has ordered Broadway Puppies to suspend all sales of pets until they are sourcing animals from a California shelter or rescue group with a valid cooperative agreement.
“San Diego Humane Society is deeply concerned about the sale of puppies from puppy mills,” said Humane Law Enforcement Chief Bill Ganley. “Our officers are enforcing current laws, but sadly the law as it is written today does not allow us to legally stop these stores from importing puppies from outside the State of California.”
According to the Humane Society, “Since AB 485 was enacted in 2019, most pet stores in California with a questionable supply chain have shut down, but some have found loopholes in the law to continue importation of mill bred puppies. Buyers should be aware that some of the animals in these pet stores may come from out-of-state puppy (or kitten) mills. They’re born from overbred mothers housed in inhumane conditions. As a result, the animals are often unhealthy, leading to heartbreaking discoveries once in the home.”
San Diego Humane Society is actively working on legislation that will fix the existing loopholes. SDHS is sponsoring AB 2152, “Bella’s Act,” to officially end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in California.