Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Jan. 24
New State Law Prohibiting Street-Corner Sale of Puppies Goes Into Effect
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.