The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis that would require all county-funded housing projects to allow residents to have pets.
“The bond between people and their pets is integral to their physical and mental well-being from childhood throughout the life cycle, “ the motion said.
According to the motion, statistics show that one of the most prominent reasons given by pet guardians for relinquishing their animals is their inability to find rental housing that allows pets.
The percentage of relinquishments attributed to landlord ‘no pet’ rules has, at times, reached 20%, the motion said.
In L.A. County housing was a reason provided for about 24% of dog surrenders and 20% of cat surrenders between 2016 and 2018. Historically, 29% of these pets will be euthanized, the motion said.
The motion, if approved, will instruct the director of the Homeless Initiative, the chief executive office, the director of Animal Care and Control, and the executive director of the Community Development Commission, to return to the Board of Supervisors in 90 days a draft ordinance.
The Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St. in downtown Los Angeles. Antelope Valley residents can watch the proceedings and testify via a video-conferencing hookup in the Anna Davis Community Room at the Lancaster Library, 601 West Lancaster Blvd.
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