Glendale's ban on the retail sale of cats and dogs is set to become effective in September, but before then, officials plan to do extensive outreach with affected stores, according to a City Hall presentation made Tuesday night.
The City Council passed the ban in August, on the heels of other cities such as West Hollywood and Hermosa Beach, to curb the demand for puppy mills in Glendale.
Of the 18 pet stores in Glendale, three have a recent history of selling cats and dogs. Now, one plans to get out of the trade altogether and another has begun partnering with animal shelters to coordinate adoptions, said Sam Engel, Neighborhood Services administrator.
Council members applauded the ban and planned enforcement program, nicknamed “PAW,” or Protecting Animal Welfare.
Animal advocates say puppy mills are cruel to dogs kept in confined quarters with little human interaction. Glendale's ban was in response to a community effort, Engel said.