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South Lake Tahoe 2009 top ten stories: 7) Retail sales of cats and dogs banned

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After months of debate, the South Lake Tahoe City Council finalized a ban on the retail sale of cats and dogs in April.

The city council passed the ban 4-1 as a way to discourage the sale of dogs from unsanitary, high-volume breeders known as “puppy mills.”

Puppy mills became a local issue with the opening of Broc’s Puppies. Pet advocates have alleged that Broc’s gets its puppies from brokers connected to puppy mills. But the owner of Broc’s, Dennis Franks, has repeatedly denied the allegations.



Dawn Armstrong, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society, lauded the council’s vote.

“I think they were courageous; they followed through,” Armstrong said.



The ban takes effect in May 2011.


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