Urge County to Ban Breeder and Puppy Mill Sales

Target: Trudy Raymundo, Director of Public Health in San Bernardino County, Brian Cronin, Chief of Animal Care & Control and Preventive Veterinary Services

Goal:  Ban animal sales in businesses unless the animal was obtained from an animal shelter, humane society or nonprofit rescue organization.

Eight million animals are euthanized annually due to overcrowding in shelters, the vast majority being perfectly adoptable dogs, cats, and small animals. The County of San Bernardino neighbors two progressive districts, San Diego and Los Angeles, both of which forbid the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in businesses if they originate from mills or breeders. Industries may only sell animals procured from city or county animal shelters, animal control agencies, humane societies, or nonprofit rescue organizations. By amending San Bernardino’s municipal codes to enforce similar legislation, devoted animals can be saved from destruction and rehomed.

Thirty cities around the United States already enact these bans on sales of animals from puppy mills and breeders. San Bernardino County offers a huge potential market, containing 31 cities in the very populous Southern California, rich in potential homes for rescued animals. By demanding that animal sales from notoriously unethical and inhumane sources be terminated, citizens can work to stop animal overpopulation in the region, and the subsequent humane killings the dilemma creates. Further, if San Bernardino adopts such municipal codes to reflect the problem of animal overpopulation and under-adoption, surrounding counties can be inspired by the trend to really save lives (and tax dollars).

San Bernardino County Counsel has the ability to enact laws to protect lives. By signing this petition, you will urge this county to join its neighbors in the movement towards a healthier, happier present for pets.


Dear Mrs. Trudy Raymundo and Mr. Brain Cronin,

Millions of animals each year experience the trauma of being severely neglected, abandoned, tortured, or killed via euthanasia or cruelty in the United States. This dilemma is largely due to overpopulation and overcrowding in animal shelters. San Bernardino County is densely populated, and offers millions of potential homes for adoptable animals in local shelters.

As you may be aware, both Los Angeles County and San Diego County now have legislation banning the sale of live cats, dogs, and rabbits in businesses obtained from breeders and puppy mills. Instead, animals for sale in pet shops and other businesses must be attained through city or county animal shelters; animal control agencies; humane societies; or nonprofit rescue organizations. This effectively limits the market for notoriously inhumane sources to sell these animals, and instead makes it more attractive to adopt animals formerly deprived of adequate living conditions.

By enacting similarly progressive municipal codes for San Bernardino County, you can join San Diego and the thirty other cities around the United States who can call themselves truly pet-friendly cities. As an agent of public health, it is imperative that you stand up for the animals whose health is truly in a tragic state, and to preserve the lives you can. Please play your part in helping to draft legislation to end the sale of animals from intolerable sources.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit to: Sanoma Pets

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