Pet shops no longer sell pup­pies

The Tribune (SLO) - - Neighbors - By Kaytlyn Leslie [email protected] THETRI­BUNE­NEWS.COM KaytlynLeslie:805-781-7928, @Kaytyleslie

An­i­mal King­dom —a pet store chain with lo­ca­tions in Pismo Beach and Gr over Beach, as well as Santa Maria— will no longer be sell­ing pup­pies at its Cen­tral Coast shops, af­ter a new state law re­stricted where the busi­ness could get their an­i­mals.

Ac­cord­ing to Face­book posts on the store’ s sep­a­rate P is mo Beach and Gr over Beach pages on April 15, An­i­mal King­dom sold their last pup­pies that week. The Santa Maria shop is also no longer sell­ing pup­pies.

The busi­ness at­trib­uted

its de­ci­sion to a lack of sources for pup­pies, now that the state has pro­hib­ited pet shops from sell­ing an­i­mals that don’ t come from non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions or res­cue groups.

“There is a very lim­ited availability of pets who are an ap­pro­pri­ate size and health con­di­tion to come into our stores ,” read the April 15 post. “The sup­ply of pup­pies has been up and down, which has been dif­fi­cult. When these 2 pup­pies find new fam­i­lies, we will no longer be car­ry­ing pup­pies .”( Both pup­pies have since been sold, a store em­ployee said .)

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter An­i­mal King­dom came un­der fire from a non-profit dog ad­vo­cacy group. Ac­cord­ing to a com­plaint fired March 5 by Bail­ing Out Benji and at­tor­neys for the An­i­mal Le­gal De­fense Fund, the busi­ness was in­volved in a “puppy laun­der­ing op­er­a­tion” and sell­ing an­i­mals ac­quired from so­called “puppy mills .”

An An­i­mal King­dom rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Gr over Beach store de­clined to com­ment on the de­ci­sion to stop sell­ing pup­pies Tues­day, cit­ing the pend­ing law­suit. Re­quests for com­ment from the or­ga­ni­za­tion’ s Face­book pages re­turned the same re­sponse.

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