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Letter in opposition to LD 335, HP 229, the bill that would ban pet stores


Patti Strand, NAIA President, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Portland OR 97204 503-761-8962 


March 9, 2015

Letter in opposition to LD 335, HP 229, the bill that would ban pet stores


I am writing on behalf of the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), a broad-based animal welfare organization founded in 1991 that is dedicated to securing high standards of animal care and treatment, and to preserving the human-animal bond. Our members are dog and cat enthusiasts, hobby breeders, rescuers and pet owners, animal professionals, scientists and veterinarians. We have hundreds of members in Maine.

no puppy for youWe are writing to express our strong opposition to the Maine pet store legislation and to urge you to reject it. Although we support the specific goals of the legislation – prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats bred in substandard conditions – our firsthand experience with similar legislations all over the United States tells us that the approach being promoted in Maine will not achieve the goals you seek. Instead we believe that its passage would do little more than encourage the growth of an underground economy operating without oversight or taxation, and exacerbate rather than solve animal welfare problems. With that in mind, we offer our assistance and expertise.

We urge you to learn more about the larger pet marketplace in which pet stores operate before taking this extreme and in our view, un-American legislative step. Please talk to lawmakers in other cities and states where these bills have been adopted and find out if they in any way lived up to expectations. Ask about unintended consequences. Find out why some municipalities have repealed their recently passed pet store bans, and ask about lawsuits. When you do this, you’ll find that the issue is much more complicated than it appears on the surface and that the action you are considering will lead to unintended consequences with far-reaching repercussions that you may not have taken into account.

Do some research on the national groups that are backing these bills. You should be aware that two of the most active national groups promoting pet store bans, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently paid $9.3 million and $15.75 million respectively to the company that owns Ringling Bros. circus to settle, among other things, a Racketeering Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) lawsuit in which they were defendants because they improperly paid someone to be a witness against the company with testimony that was found not to be credible. In other words, we ask that you double check the veracity of the claims brought forward by these groups

There are black sheep in every business and activity, but it’s rare for legislative bodies to ban whole business categories. Typically lawmakers pass laws requiring standards to be adopted and then close down the businesses that refuse to comply with those regulations. Our group supports imposing sourcing requirements on pet stores and would support shutting down the ones that did not change their practices appropriately following passage of such a law. But taking this broad brush approach on a categorical Patti Strand, NAIA President, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Portland OR 97204 503-761-8962 


basis rather than on the basis of actual practice simply codifies a prejudice and gives unregulated businesses (shelters and rescues) an unimpeded marketplace advantage over regulated ones. This approach might be okay if rescues and shelters didn’t have their own black sheep operating in deplorable ways, but they are not immune from animal welfare problems either, just immune from regulation. 

The problem with banning anything that the public wants is that doing so doesn’t solve problems; it simply drives the market underground. Prohibition proved that. But even more significant than not solving the targeted problem, it proved that banning something the public wants creates new problems. Please review the news report from San Diego veterinarians who report being inundated by sick dogs sold on Craigslist brought up from Mexico now that pet stores are banned in San Diego.

A ban such as the one contemplated in Maine will cause more animal welfare problems than it solves.

Significantly, the rescues and shelters this legislation supports as an alternative to pet stores are rarely regulated in any significant way and increasingly operate in ways that are inhumane and that threaten public health and safety. As the number of dogs in many regions of the US has plummeted, rescue has become big business and Maine has become a destination state for rescue dogs that are imported from other states and offshore territories. Please watch this news story about the rabid rescue dog that was transferred from Georgia to Vermont for placement a little over a year ago. Unfortunately this is not an isolated case. Indeed rabies, a disease that is nearly always fatal and kills 55,000 people worldwide each year, has been discovered in several rescue dogs in just the last few years and in a cat adopted from Craigslist two weeks ago. No such incidents have occurred in pet stores for more than 20 years, and then it was from a rescued cat. The entire supply chain of pet store puppies is regulated, something that is not true for rescue and shelter dogs. Please note the admonition in the press release issued by Public Health Veterinarian for the state of Vermont encouraging citizens to make sure their adopted pet is healthy.

The bottom line is this. If you pass this legislation you will be swapping a heavily regulated business for one that is not only unregulated, but brimming with problems. Articles appear nearly every week showing storefront rescue-shelters operations so deplorable they’d be closed down immediately if they were traditional pet stores and were therefore regulated. 

In addition, please recognize that the horrific images and claims that the anti-pet store activists often present are well-orchestrated propaganda tactics designed to emotionalize and blur the issues, which just coincidentally give themselves a competitive market advantage. Ask the activists for documentation on the kennels they are showing you. In California hearings that led to the San Diego pet store ban, images were shown of kennels that were shut down more than a decade ago. Don’t let the emotion of the well-choreographed presentations keep you from asking the important questions. Where, for instance, do rescue dogs come from? Are the rescuers who import dogs from out of state and from outside the continental United States, for instance, capable of assuring consumers that their dogs are not from substandard breeders, dog auctions, foreign countries, or the result of pet theft? Do they have health records sufficient to assure an adopter that their dog isn’t harboring an infectious disease or parasite, or something worse? How does the import of rescue and shelter dogs from outside the county impact the adoption and health of local dogs, and what is the evidence? Public health and safety issues should carry the most weight. Patti Strand, NAIA President, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Portland OR 97204 503-761-8962 


Please take the time to talk to true animal welfare experts, not just to fundraising groups and activists who, no matter how sincere they may be, are so biased that they cannot provide you with the balanced information you need to make sound public policy decisions.

There are bad commercial breeders and there are bad pet stores, but there are also commercial breeders with outstanding breeding facilities and top notch animal welfare standards, as well as responsible stores. The difficulty lies in creating a system that enables enforcement authorities and the public to separate the good from the bad. One of the best regulatory approaches to actually improving animal care and wellbeing in dog breeding facilities, therefore, would be to pass a law that enables acceptable breeders to distinguish themselves from the ones everyone opposes and then demand that pet stores buy only from them. Because USDA started publishing the inspection reports of all their licensees online about 4 years ago it is now possible for the first time to require this, and to require that such records be made available to enforcement agencies and the public. Many jurisdictions are taking this approach rather than imposing bans.

The proposed legislation offers nothing to make shelters and rescues comply with any meaningful sourcing requirements, which is a root cause problem. Under normal circumstances, rescues and shelters deal with stray dogs and cats, and ones that are dropped off anonymously. The currently proposed legislation does nothing to address this problem; rather, it increases problems by removing the regulated segment of commerce and funnels citizens to the least accountable sellers in the marketplace. When you read the new AVMA guidelines for transport rescues, ones that carry dogs and cats into your city, you’ll recognize that rescues and shelters are the least regulated pet seller in the marketplace.

This is not an indictment of rescue. It’s just a fact. Many of our members rescue dogs and do a wonderful job. Their standards of care and conduct are exemplary. But due to the lack of any meaningful regulation, it’s also true that many rescues operate in ways that are totally unacceptable. Don’t swap a pet store that buys from an inspected and regulated breeder, for rescue and shelter organizations whose supply chain is totally unregulated and often includes fly-by-night operators.

Our group is active and well-informed on many animal welfare issues and can provide solid evidence to challenge many of the claims of the activists pushing this legislation. Many of our board members have participated in rescue for many years, even decades; and one of our board members was once the executive director of NYC Animal Care and Control. We are concerned, qualified, and familiar with practices and changes in sheltering and rescuing, of which many in the general public are unaware.

If you are interested in learning more, we can also put you in touch with people in different jurisdictions that have adopted and then overturned similar laws, and with people who are now spending their county’s money fighting lawsuits as a result of passing such legislation. If you have any questions at all, please call or email me so that our group can provide you with facts critical to your analysis and decision making process.


Patti Strand, NAIA President


DON’T Ban Oceanside Puppy

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Dear Oceanside City Council,

I want a choice to purchase a puppy from Oceanside Puppy, a breeder, or a shelter. I don’t believe it is right or American to shut down a law abiding business that pays taxes, provides jobs, and provides a service to the community due to a self-righteous ideology by animal right extremists.
Do not ban Oceanside Puppy!

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We love what we do because we truly believe that puppies are a gift from God. We’re thankful for his blessings in our lives and the gift of companionship through His creation.

Jesus loves you and He cares for you which is why He gave us another wonderful gift and that is the free gift of salvation.

No matter who you are what you’ve done or how much of a good or bad person you may feel you are – Jesus loves you. He loved you so much that God gave his only son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins so that you may have access to His wonderful gift of salvation, peace  and the hope of eternal life.

This gift cannot be purchased, can not be earned – it is 100% free and all you have to do is ask for it and surrender you life to HIm. The holy bible teaches us that we are all sinners and fall short, but God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. Please feel free to watch the following videos and after watching the first video scroll down to the second video and accept Jesus as your personal savior.  He loves you and is jealous for you, thinks nothing but good thoughts about you, and wants to bless you with HIs peace and joy. God bless you.

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This Holiday season we would encourage you to go to church and give thanks for the wonderful gift of Jesus who though him we have hope of eternal life – We give God the glory John 3:16

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There is no such thing as a puppy mill

7 Things You Didn’t Know About “Puppy Mills”

 1) There is no such thing as a “puppy mill”. “Puppy mill” is not a legally defined term, it is slang used by the “animal rights” community to denigrate any and all breeders — small or large, standard or substandard. It’s the “N-word” of breeders. The phrase “puppy mill” has been promoted in the media by the animal “rights” movement, people who want to end all animal ownership. It is applied indiscriminately by these fanatics to anyone who breeds dogs. We need to stop using the discriminatory, divisive word invented by our enemies.

 2) In our modern day of instant access to information it is almost impossible for anyone to raise dogs without being under scrutiny. Those horrendous photos you see in commercials for the “Humane Society” are mostly outdated or a 1 in one million exception to the care given animals by breeders everywhere. The photos are intended to shock and horrify you into giving money. Any photo can be photo shopped into looking really bad. Be skeptical. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes take it with a grain of salt.

 3) There are three main types of breeders: Commercial, Pet and Hobby/show breeders. Every one of these can be a large-scale breeder, every one of these could be a substandard breeder. Commercial kennels are subject to state and/or federal oversight. Substandard care can be found with all types of breeders. It is about the standard of care, NOT the numbers. Most commercial breeders have state of the art kennels that meet USDA standards and the standards of their state laws. They are inspected at least yearly and must meet or exceed standards far higher than those expected of the average hobby breeder.

 4) “Sick” puppies do not sell. It is counterproductive for any industry to produce a defective product and expect to stay in business. Any dog can have health issues. Its about Mother Nature NOT lack of care or numbers.

 5) Passing laws intended to outlaw “puppy mills” will not solve any problem. Most substandard breeders are already in violation of existing laws.  New, stricter laws will only affect those who are already working to follow the laws. The only way to have any effect is to enforce the laws that are already on the books.

 6) All the hobby breeders in this country cannot produce enough puppies to meet the demands of the American market. A shelter dog is NOT for every family. Shelter dogs come with baggage that can require an EXPERIENCED owner.

 7) BREEDERS are NOT responsible for the presence of dogs in shelters. We have a problem with a lack of responsible ownership, poor shelter management and poor pet distribution. Education is the key to improvement in this area.

Pet Store Ban Means Puppy Extinction

Think about it?

What if we ban every pet store in America?

By doing so we squeeze legitimate federally and state licensed regulated breeders out of business.

What if we impose mandatory spay and neuter laws for all pets?

The only way to get a pet is to adopt a spay or neutered dog or cat from a local shelter.

Where will the next generation of purebred puppies come from?

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Why You Should NOT Support The HSUS

Why NOT to support the Humane Society of the United States

It is our opinion that the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) have deceptively makes the general public to believe that your donations are mostly going to help shelter animals in need. The truth of the matter is that that the HSUS only allocates about 1% of your donations to help local shelters.

The HSUS is NOT a shelter. They are a very large political and lobbying force and in our opinion their goal is to irradiate companion animals which would include puppies, kittens, rabbits, reptiles and other companion animals.



Think About it?

If you ban every pet store that deals with licensed commercial breeders and the breeders go out of business

If you pass through HSUS initiatives very stringent and difficult to adhere to breeding laws to force breeders out of business

If you force hobby breeders to limit their breeding females to only 4 females

If you pass mandatory spay and neuter ordinances upon the public

If the easiest and most prevalent way to get a dog is the shelter and every puppy adopted is spayed and neutered

Where will the next generation of puppies come from?

Wayne Pacelle president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States said it best, “We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding …One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” – CEO Wayne Pacelle, as reported in Animal People News, May1993


Thank You San Diego

We’d like to thank the city of San Diego for allowing San Diego Puppy, Inc to grow and offer a wonderful service to the community. We have been in business for over 5 years with absolutely no citations from Animal Control or the Humane Society. 

San Diego Puppy over the years has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in state tax revenues, employment taxes, property taxes and is a viable part of the community. Over our 5 year tenure we offered dozens of jobs to our community that essentially are now taken away.

Unfortunately it seems that politics got involved and it’s sad to see that the city council was heavily influenced by animal rights extremist that I’m sure had harassed, badgered, and straight out annoyed the living daylights out of them as they did the same to us. They are very well organized and with the Human Society funneling most of their efforts maybe the council thought there could be some legitimacy to their outlandish complaints that 99% of commercial breeders are substandard puppy mills.

We proved our case and we proved our breeders showing pictures and videos of our breeders but the council looked the other way. We invited them or their administrative assistants at our expense to visit our distributor and breeders to see first hand the type of breeders we work with. The council had over 3 months to visit them and yet they decided not to or were supposedly too busy. If they were truly unbiased or looking out for the best interest of the animals why would they not try to preserve pure bred puppies.

On several occasions we tried to meet with the council and were either given their secretary or were stood up (thank you Ms Emerald). If they truly were an unbiased council why was the working committee (the people responsible for creating the ban) a part of the decision making process which included councilors Lori Zapf, David Alverez, Mark Kersey, Marti Emerald (who had a vote on the ordinance today) and the animal rights extremist groups ADT, CAPS, and HSUS. Why were not breeders, pet stores, or pet registry associations part of this unfair working group? This is truly disturbing and unjust.

Free enterprise is our right as Americans. To live the American dream and the right to pursue happiness is another. The city council members are civil servants on the peoples payroll. Passing this ban is a blatant abuse of power. The animal rights extremist are not the majority but they are the loudest and they have used the ballot box and their political influence to sway them. Being fair and drawing a line for fairness to all is what a leader does. The council members are not leaders they are sadly weak politicians and administrators.

To our San Diego citizens and our loyal customers, friends, and family we are happy to report that we will fight this tooth and nail. This ordinance is against the constitution and other inter-state laws and regulations. We promise that  not for our best interest but for the greater good of Americans to fight this growing epidemic of self-righteous ideologists that feel banning breeding is what should be forced upon you and your children.

San Diego City Councilors it is still not too late to stop this unjust ordinance – don’t do it!


>Email From Supporter<

Dear City Council,
I just read a news article on about the amendment you “unanimously” voted to pass today to ban the sale of puppies, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. I mean really?  Can we have that many morons on our city council?  That’s right, I said it, you are morons! Do you guys not have anything better to do then come up with laws that control our lives even more then you already do?
Our family is a huge animal loving family, we have 4 cats, 3 dogs, a bird, and a snake.  All of our animals were rescued.   One of our dogs was actually rescued after being hit by a car and losing his rear leg.  We understand the sensitive nature of animal abuse, but violating the rights of people to choose what types of animals they want to purchase is NOT the solution. 
You say you are concerned with the way animals are treated in so-called puppy mills?  Have any of you ever been to an animal shelter?  The conditions there are not so great either.  They also dispose of animals when they are not adopted.  I have actually volunteered at animal shelters and was given the task of incinerating the animals after they are put down. It is a sad sight.
Your decision to pass this amendment puts us one step closer to communist Russia and you can count on losing my vote during our next election.
Dear staffer,
If you are reading this because your boss is too lazy to read their own emails, please make sure they get this.

Warm Regards,

Jason G.

Why City of San Diego Proposed Pet Store Ban Ordinance section 42.0706 is Unconstitutional

Why City of San Diego Proposed Ordinance section 42.0706 is Unconstitutional


The “puppy” Ordinance prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores  is

unconstitutional because:


1)      It Is Void for Vagueness: It reads “prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in retail businesses, pet stores, or other commercial establishments within City Limits”. As written, it is difficult to understand what is and is not included under “other commercial establishments”. That could mean a veterinary clinic, an animal hospital, a farm. An average person may also be afraid to sell a dog or cat or a rabbit to another person (a pet is considered property) for fear that he/she may be violating the law. The US Constitution allows the sale of personal property between individuals.


Generally a statute  is  void for vagueness  and unenforceable if it is too vague for the

average citizen to understand. There are several ways, senses or reasons a statute might be

considered vague. In general, a statute might be called void for vagueness reasons when an

average citizen cannot generally determine what persons are regulated, what conduct is

prohibited, or what punishment may be imposed.


2)      Violates the Dormant Commerce Clause: The pets sold at the commercial

establishments, specifically the puppies, are bred by nationally recognized AKC certified breeders, meaning the best of the best. By limiting the sale of puppies to municipal animal shelters, the humane society or non-profit rescue organizations, the Ordinance is limiting or closing down altogether access to the market place in the City of San Diego by out of state participants. The Supreme Court in multiple cases has ruled this practice as unconstitutional. It is difficult to justify any legitimate reason why in-staters should have access to a state’s resources that is denied to out-of-staters. All the out-of-state breeders are highly reputable and follow all federal and state law, including the Animal Welfare Act, and are duly licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.


In addition to being unconstitutional, the ordinance would in effect result in the loss of several jobs of the employees of the pet stores who sell the animals affected. These businesses all pay sales taxes, state and federal income taxes and property taxes. All that would go away because of this ordinance.


The stores that sell puppies are highly specialized in the care and handling of puppies. Whereas puppies sold in animal shelters or the humane society are mixed with other animals such as birds, snakes, rats, in huge numbers. The establishments that sell puppies only have a few at any one time and each puppy receives extensive individual attention, which is not possible in the large animal shelters. All puppies that arrive at the puppy stores are eventually sold, whereas puppies that are put up for adoption at the humane society or animal shelters may eventually if not adopted, be destroyed. It is better to let the market place handle this situation.


Current law such as the “Puppy Lemon Law” as well as the self-regulation of reputable professional breeders, all of which employ veterinary doctors, ensure the welfare of the puppies.


This ordinance is unnecessary and I urge a “no” vote.


By David Salinas, President

San Diego Puppy Inc.

Preserve your right to choose the pet you want.

A proposed ordinance, stripping you of your right to choose where you find your next puppy or kitten will be considered by the San Diego City Council at its next meeting, tomorrow, July 9th!

The ordinance will prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and rabbits in San Diego pet stores, retail businesses or other commercial establishments, unless such animals were obtained directly from a municipal animal shelter, humane society or animal rescue.


How you can help.

    1. Email or call your council member (contact info below) to share your thoughts on why this proposed ban is bad for pet owners and the pets they love in San Diego.

Suggested talking points for your conversation:

      • Pet stores are a source for happy, healthy puppies and are regulated at the state and federal level in San Diego.
      • Pet stores provide a service to the community by helping citizens find the best breed for their lifestyle.
      • Making it illegal to buy a puppy from San Diego pet stores will drive residents to the Internet or other unregulated sources to find a puppy for their family.
      • Those who truly care about the welfare of animals work to raise standards of care, and eliminate pet providers who don’t maintain acceptable standards.
      • Laws should focus on shutting down bad pet stores, not ALL pet stores.

Click the Council Member’s name to send an email or call the number listed:

District 1       Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner           619-236-6611
District 2       Councilmember Kevin Faulconer                        619-236-6622
District 3       Council President Todd Gloria                             619-236-6633
District 4       Councilmember Myrtle Cole                               619-236-6644
District 5       Councilmember Mark Kersey                             619-236-6655
District 6       Councilmember Lorie Zapf                                  619-236-6616
District 7       Councilmember Scott Sherman                          619-236-6677
District 8       Councilmember David Alvarez                            619-236-6688
District 9       Councilmember Marti Emerald                            619-236-6699

  1. Attend the July 9th City Council meeting:

City Administration Building
Council Chambers – 12th Floor
202 “C” Street
San Diego, CA  92101
Afternoon Session – Approximately 2:00 p.m.

Stand and be heard. 

Your voice matters and it is essential for lawmakers to hear from you if you want to protect your right to choose the pet you want in San Diego. Please contact your council member and attend the July 9th City Council meeting!

You Are Special

You’re Special

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal,” wrote C. S. Lewis. It’s true—each one of us is a special creation of God.

Believe it or not—no one else is just like you. Your physical appearance, your voice and personality traits—your habits, intelligence, personal tastes—all these make you one of a kind. Even your fingerprints distinguish you from every other human being—past, present, or future. You are not the product of some cosmic assembly line; you are unique.

But the most important fact of your identity is that God created you in His own image (Genesis 1:27). He made you so you could share in His creation, could love and laugh and know Him person to person. You are special indeed!

The Bible reveals God’s total interest in you as an individual. The psalmist wrote in one of his most beautiful prayers, “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). God knew you even before you were born. Then, and now, He has plans just for you, plans conceived in love.

As we appreciate God’s constant concern for us, we really begin to grasp the awfulness of sin. He loves you and me so much; yet how often we go our own way, turning our backs on Him. God’s designs for our lives are then blocked; His mercies do not come to the unwilling.

But even here we are precious to God, for He continues to love us even when we pay Him no mind. He still sees us as individuals with great value. No wonder the psalmist declared, “How precious are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand” (Psalm 139:17, 18). God is not an unfeeling, cold-hearted monarch of the heavens. He feels our pains; He shares our sorrows. He cares, and He considers each one of us important enough to love.

In fact, He loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die for our sins. “Herein is love,” the Bible says, “not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation [full payment] for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

Because you and I are special to God, He wants to forgive us and give us a full, meaningful life. When we trust in Jesus Christ and let Him put our lives together, the Bible says that we become “God’s masterpieces, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10, paraphrase). Can anyone be more special than that?

Yes, you are valuable to God! If you have never trusted Jesus Christ for your salvation, you can pray something like this today:

Lord, thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die for my sins and rise from the dead so that I can know Your forgiveness and live with You forever. Right now I ask Him to be my Savior so that I can live as the special creation that You intended me to be.

- By Ted Griffin

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