changes to LA Co zoning proposed

Categories:Animal Welfare

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are attempting to 
eliminate dog breeding in the County of Los Angeles. Using the term 
Puppy Mill to paint all breeders with the same “ black brush“, the 
Regional Planning dept now intends to make dog breeding on A2 property 

Almost all dog kennels in Los Angeles County are located on A2 
property since we were informed by Animal Control, Regional Planning 
and Building and Safety , that breeding was a permitted activity in 
that zone. ALL of these County Depts signed off on our Kennel Permit 
Applications, approving us as “dog kennels“. This was the definition 
of dog kennel up until a month ago when it was changed in order to 
further discriminate against dog breeders:

"Dog kennel” means any lot, building, structure, enclosure or premises 
whereupon or wherein four or more dogs, over four months of age, are 
kept or maintained for any purpose, including places where dogs are 
boarded, kept for sale, or kept for hire.

Now, after approving our kennels, some of which have been in existence 
for 40 years, Regional Planning is claiming that there is a 1971 
ordinance that made dog breeding illegal on A2 and that they had 
simply approved it as an “accessory use”. We have asked for copies of 
this ordinance but have been told it is not available. They are 
claiming this gives them the right to now discontinue breeding as a 
permitted use in A2 zones.

Late last year, one kennel and two rescue groups were investigated by 
Animal Rights groups and dogs were subsequently seized by the county. 
Now the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, advised by Animal Rights 
Groups, are using these incidents, (claiming that a “huge” problem 
exists,) to rip away the rights of breeders to use their land for the 
purpose it was purchased for.

 This action on the part of the Los Angeles County Board of 
Supervisors is simply outrageous as they are now labeling all breeders 
in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles “Puppy Mills”. There is no 
legal definition of a puppy mill. It is a slur used by certain groups 
to paint all breeders in a negative light. It is a slur that incites 
anger, hatred and negative emotions in the general public. The Los 
Angeles Board of Supervisors are using this slur to persecute, 
penalize and punish all of the licensed breeders in Los Angeles County 
who have never had dogs confiscated for lack of care, never been sited 
for illegal activities involving the breeding of their dogs, have 
consistently received “A” ratings from the Dept of Animal Care and 
Control and have done everything reasonable people would do to comply 
with the county's laws and ordinances.

I am urging everyone who lives in Los Angeles County to contact their 
County Supervisor and voice their opposition to these outrageous 

Downtown Office
500 West Temple Street, Room 869
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Antelope Valley
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Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 726-3600
Norm Hickling, Field Deputy


215 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 120
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 356-5407
Sussy Nemer, Field Deputy


San Gabriel Valley
615 East Foothill Blvd., Suite A
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 394-2264
Juventino "J" Gomez, Field Deputy


Santa Clarita Valley
23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 265
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 287-3657
Rosalind Wayman, Field Deputy


San Fernando Valley
21943 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 993-5170
Millie Jones, Field Deputy

One Response to changes to LA Co zoning proposed

  1. Reply Diana Hiiesalu Bain says:

    Welcome to communism. I am horrified.

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