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In a federal complaint, the owner of San Diego Puppy has attacked a citywide ban on the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores.

David and Veronica Salinas, the owners of the pet store located in Grantville, filed a lawsuit against the city, the local Humane Society, the San Diego Animal Defense Team, the Animal Protection and Rescue League, and the league's lawyer, Bryan Pease, for their part in passing the Companion Animal Protection Ordinance on July 10, 2013.

The ordinance is aimed at closing so-called puppy mills — commercial breeders often located in the Midwest who have been found to ignore health requirements.

But according to the Salinases' complaint, there are already laws in place to protect against neglect and mistreatment by breeders. Adding to that, all dogs sold at San Diego Puppy come with a certificate of health.

According to the complaint, San Diego Puppy, the only retail "pet store in the city that is/was selling purebred and other high-quality puppies that are not purported to be from a rescue or shelter retail facility," was irreparably harmed by the ordinance. It rejects the claim that San Diego Puppy buys, and later sells, dogs from auctions or imports them from other countries. On the contrary, they claim to deal directly with licensed breeders who are subject to governmental regulations.

Attorneys for the Salinases say the ordinance was the result of a unified assault by "activist organizations, coupled with the pre-existing antipathy on the party of certain City councilmembers."

Among those activist organizations listed is the Humane Society, which, according to the complaint, raises more than one hundred million dollars under the "guise of helping homeless pets," then uses that money to push for legislation such as the Companion Animal Protection Ordinance.

In regard to San Diego's ordinance, the complaint says that the local Companion Animal Protection Society targeted councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Marti Emerald upon learning the councilmembers had "anitpathy" toward animals.

Their antipathy caused them to pursue adopting an ordinance.

Councilwoman Emerald is quoted in the news as stating erroneously and inappropriately that “unsuspecting consumers here in San Diego and in other places also pay the price” of purchasing offspring of unhealthy, inbred dogs from substandard breeding facilities, dubbed “puppy mills” by activists. She also stated without any basis in fact as applied to San Diego Puppy that “[c]onsumers are coming in, they’re paying top dollar for these animals,” said Emerald. “Then they get the dogs home and they get sick, and the vet bills start rolling in.” She cited no authority, facts or statistics for her incorrect assertions.

By filing the lawsuit, the Salinases hope to rescind the ordinance while at the same time keep longtime animal rights activists such as Bryan Pease from "annoying, harassing, trespassing, threatening or otherwise violating the peaceful operation of the business owned by Plaintiff David Salinas, and from threatening, harassing or annoying any employee or officer of such businesses."

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Sjtorres Nov. 26, 2013 @ 2:58 p.m.

San Diego Puppy Mill should be closed down, County-wide. These people are horrible.


shirleyberan Nov. 26, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Love Bryan Pease and anybody who helps expose this huge animal abuse problem.


eyeswideopen Nov. 26, 2013 @ 10:50 p.m.

"Certificate of Health"? See the conditions condoned "legal" by the USDA: http://nopetstorepuppies.com/buy-a-puppy David and Veronica Salinas, you are sick, horrible people for whom the conditions the dogs you torture are still too good for the likes of you. We will not stop until you are out of business for good. That's a promise.



eyeswideopen Nov. 26, 2013 @ 10:57 p.m.


•Breeding dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles and are typically confined to a puppy mill for years on end, without ever becoming part of a family.

•There is little regard for the breeding dog's health or any existing genetic conditions that may be passed on to the puppies.

•Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care, live in squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction and are confined inside cramped wire cages for life.

•Puppies from puppy mills are sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog's health, genetic history or future welfare.

•Breeding dogs are also subjected to dog auctions where puppy mill owners buy and sell dogs for breeding. Puppy millers dump dogs they no longer want, and other mass dog producers come looking for a deal. These dogs are auctioned off like used cars with little or no regard for their health and well-being. A typical dog auction sells at least 250 dogs.

•Consumers should never buy a puppy from a pet store or Internet site; instead visit an animal shelter or screen a breeder's facility in person.



eyeswideopen Nov. 26, 2013 @ 11:17 p.m.

Please San Diego, don't allow this cruelty to continue in our city, our state, our country, our world. No reputable breeder would ever sell to a puppy store. Please, do the research and share your knowledge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztV5Kzu8c_I&feature=youtu.be


sealfocas Nov. 27, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Wow, 8 comments already and most from upset women! I wonder if these women have proof that SD Puppy has actually obtained their animals from "puppy mills". Or even proof that people have purchased pets from SD Puppy and the animal has immediately gotten sick or died. Puppy mills or pet stores that treat animals in an inhumane manner should be shut down. However that does not mean that every single Pet Store should be shut down. One cannot tell me that ALL places that raise puppies for sale are cruel. Who are YOU to judge SD Puppy owners by calling them "sick and horrible" people?? Stop with the rants and the threats, remember, what you do to others will be done unto YOU in this lifetime or the next!


jnojr Nov. 27, 2013 @ 3:28 p.m.

Where else do you believe they would get puppies from?

There are two legitimate sources for dogs… rescues/shelters, and REPUTABLE breeders. A reputable breeder isn't going to sell you a dog for $295 or whatever a pet store is charging… they're paying for proper medical care, food, space, etc. They aren't forcing dogs to have another litter every time they're in heat. And they aren't "disposing" of unhealthy dogs. If you want a "purebred", you should be paying the actual cost of bringing that pup around, not the cost after all the corners have been cut and "unprofitable" dogs are dumped or killed. If you aren't willing to pay the actual cost, then you don't need a papered dog, and should do just fine with a rescue.


ReaderGuy Nov. 29, 2013 @ 9:26 a.m.

Sealfocas: You can only be a shill for David Salinas, or David Salinas himself.

Read your YELP REVIEWS. I see plenty of unhappy customers, dead and unhealthy dogs...


Oh...and here's a Bible verse to ponder:

Proverbs 16:18

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.


eyeswideopen Nov. 29, 2013 @ 10:15 a.m.

sealfocas, it's quite obvious that you are either a shill for Salinas or Salinas himself.


ReaderGuy Nov. 29, 2013 @ 9:16 a.m.

San Diego Puppy is outright breaking the law by continuing to operate their store in San Diego. David Salinas is picking and choosing which laws he will follow. He has been cited by Animal Control, the City Attorney has ask that he close his doors, San Diego City Council has banned his store. Yet he is open for business.

Want to know more about this store? Take a moment to read all of San Diego Puppy's YELP REVIEWS. There you will see what kind of a business David Salinas is running and the inner workings of the store. Read the responses and you will see David Salinas at work with his customers.


That aside, this type of business makes a profit off of mama dogs who are bred until they can be bred no more, they are either shot, or dumped at the shelter. They are of no use to anyone in this industry. We have a huge pet overpopulation problem as it is. Thousands of dogs are killed in shelters every day. I would argue there is a correlation.

This kind of business would have to be run by a person with a diminished social conscience at best. Just because this is America doesn't mean we can run any kind of business we choose. Children aren't still working in factories for 10 hours day. When it was outlawed and found to be cruel... I imagine that the owners of those factories complained and squeeled just as loudly as this man is doing today.


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