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Complaints about puppies being sold on street corners are being phoned in to San Diego's Department of Animal Services at rapid rate now as a result of a new law that deals with animal abuse and prohibits street-corner sales of animals.

Senate Bill 917, which goes into effect on January 1, targets animal abuse, and the illegal sale of animals.

“We get calls all of the time to report puppies and other animals being sold on street corners and in parking lots, but we’ve seen the calls increase now that people are learning about the new law,” said Dawn Danielson, the Director of Animal Services for the county.

The puppies and other animals are sometimes smuggled across the border and are often neglected and malnourished.

Those in violation of the law can be sentenced to up to one year in jail or fined as much as $20,000.

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Mindy Ross Dec. 29, 2011 @ 4:24 p.m.

The judges are way too lax when it comes to enforcing any type of animal cruelty laws. A gang member from Vista received work furlough after being caught fighting pit bulls. I heard through the grapvine that the judge was afraid to impose a stiffer sentence because of who the guy was.

This new law is just putting a Band-Aid on cancer. Latin Americans are notorious for the way they treat animals. As long as we allow so many of them to come here, we need laws mandating spaying and neutering, not just street-corner sales; and, we need judges who are will to dole out the maximum sentences allowed under the law.

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 1, 2012 @ 10:52 a.m.

A gang member from Vista received work furlough after being caught fighting pit bulls. I heard through the grapvine that the judge was afraid to impose a stiffer sentence because of who the guy was. == I hope that is not the case.....

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