A San Diego puppy store that goes by the unmistakeable name of "San Diego Puppy
" is suing the city and a smattering of animal rights groups for passing a city-wide ban on commercial pet sales (unless they're obtained from an animal shelter or non-profit rescue organization). A lawsuit identifying not only the city, but the San Diego Humane Society, the San Diego Animal Defense Team, and the Animal Protection and Rescue League is detailed in a report
by Opposing Views
"According to the San Diego Puppy complaint, the business was irreparably harmed by the [Companion Animal Protection] ordinance," writes OV
's Phyllis Daugherty. "It also rejects the claim by proponents of the bill that San Diego Puppy buys dogs from auctions or imports them from other countries; to the contrary, they claim to deal directly with licensed breeders who are subject to governmental regulations."
The owners of San Diego Puppy, Victoria and David Salinas, accuse animal rights activists in the area of "annoying, harassing, trespassing, threatening or otherwise violating the peaceful operation" of their business, and suggesting the Salinas' run a "puppy mill."
Doug Porter at San Diego Free Press details
the bitter dispute taking place surrounding the merits of San Diego Puppy's business practices.
"A quick trip into the Yelp reviews
on San Diego Puppy is illustrative of the intensity of the abyss between what the owners claim and what consumers' allege to be their experiences," writes Porter. "You can read stories claiming misrepresentation of breeds, animals with genetic disorders, and pets with poor and sometimes fatal health problems."
Via Opposing Views and the San Diego Free Press