DACC and spcaLA Inspect Pet Shops for Compliance

Los Angeles, CA (12/03/19) – Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC), along with Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) will be inspecting several businesses in the jurisdictional area of DACC for compliance. DACC will be enforcing the provision of law that became effective with AB 485, which limits certain animals that can be sold in pet shops throughout the state to those obtained from specified sources—shelters and rescue groups.

In addition to compliance with the new law, spcaLA will inspect for humane standards of care. DACC will also conduct its normal annual inspection along with compliance of the new law. Enforcement will include citations, written warnings, and orders to make corrections and/or seizure.

This time of year, people are often looking for puppies and pet shops are known to provide those; however, if the animals are obtained from unauthorized locations and puppy mills, that is illegal.

spcaLA and DACC reminds Los Angeles County residents to adopt from their local animal care centers, spca, or humane society this holiday season.

If you are a pet shop operator, and have difficulty coming into compliance, please contact DACC right away so that you can work together to resolve the issues in advance of any scheduled inspections or other enforcement actions.

About DACC
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control leads the nation in protecting people and animals through compassionate care, community education, proactive intervention, and effective enforcement.

About spcaLA
Since 1877, spcaLA has been the premiere independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.