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San Diego bans retail sales of dogs, cats, rabbits

SAN DIEGO– San Diego is banning the sale of cats and dogs in an effort to curb puppy mills.

U-T San Diego says the City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance prohibiting retail stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits. Los Angeles and dozens of other cities already have such bans.

Violators could face fines of $250 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for repeat offenses.

Only two pet stores in town will be affected. They have six months to comply. The stores can still offer animal adoptions in partnership with a shelter or rescue group.

Animal rights-activists backed the measure, saying some large-scale breeders raise unhealthy animals in crowded conditions.

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