Santa Barbara residents contacted Kim Sill who heads LCA's "Pet Shop Project," wanting to protest the pet store after watching the special Dog Whisperer episode: "Inside Puppy Mills" this past May. LCA's investigation of the Pet Shop determined that the store was buying pure bred puppies from backyard breeders. Elyse Kuhn, who has owned the Montecito Pet Shop for 22 years, agreed to work with LCA after many meetings with Sill. She decided it was time to help the dogs on death row in the overcrowded shelters in California instead of participating as part of the problem.
On October 23, 2009, The Montecito Pet Shop welcomed their first litter of rescued puppies to their store! Sill delivered the six eight-week old pups, the last of the dogs to be removed off the Bemis property in Mojave.
Kim Sill of LCA commented: "It was very rewarding to watch the change in perceptions as the customers viewed the rescue puppies. The mood is different when people know that it is a rescue, there is hope and there is change in Santa Barbara tonight."
LCA is working towards a day in making Los Angeles a no kill city, where pet stores no longer support puppy mills and breeders, but shelter animals and rescue groups. LCA is committed to oversee and endorse pet stores in Los Angeles that are willing to change their business practice and re-home shelter animals.
SB 250 - The Pet responsibility Act has been put on hold until January. This bill would provide a reasonable, fiscally responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California. The bill simply requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner/guardian obtains an unaltered dog license when they license their animal. It also requires that roaming cats be spayed and neutered by their owner/guardian.
In California shelters alone, since January 1, 2009, 237,457 pets have been killed, and $118,586,524 tax dollars have been spent to house and kill animals.
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