With wide support from the animal community, Los Angeles on Wednesday became the latest city to adopt a ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.

The City Council, in a 13-2 vote, gave final approval to the measure that will require the stores to take animals from city shelters to make available for adoption.

The measure implements a three-year trial program to determine its effectiveness in increasing adoptions and reducing the number of animals that are euthanized each year. Stores will have a six-month grace period to go to the new system.

Commercial breeders have warned the city action will drive potential pet owners to other sources to get the animal of their choice.

The city last year took in more than 57,000 animals - 35,400 dogs and 21,883 cats. Of those, 25 percent of the dogs and 57 percent of the cats had to be euthanized because they were not adopted.



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