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No Love for Pet Love

Any day now, Hollywood starlets-without-a-clue will have to go somewhere other than Pet Love at the Beverly Center mall to drop big money on sickly purse pups. In a press conference this afternoon, Best Friends Animal Society will announce that the shopping center will terminate Pet Love's lease in the next few months. It's a victory for the “Puppy-Store-Free L.A.” campaign that began with a boycott of the store last summer. According to Best Friends, Pet Love “sold thousands of animals from irresponsible breeders and puppy mills for 15 years.”
 
In 2006, Pet Love got seriously punked when an undercover CBS news crew filmed illegal and improper usage of medication on store puppies. The shop was also cited by Los Angeles Animal Control for similar violations. According to a statement from Best Friends, the group unsuccessfully tried to convince the store--and offered to help with the transition--to place rescued animals. Apparently, it got ugly.

The campaign continues with a protest of Pets of Bel Air on Saturday, December 13.

 

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Mark C. | December 15 2008 |

I am glad to hear that one less pet store will be peddling puppy mill products. It's sad to hear that the company failed to recognize the growing trend of hosting adoption groups (PetSmart and Petco are ahead of the curve) instead of selling puppies. They had a great opportunity, which would have garnered them the support of Best Friends Animal Society and the animal rescue community...but their greed got in the way.

Opt to adopt.

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