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A 12-week old Schnoodle is one of 30 puppies at the San Diego pet store, "San Diego Puppy." But selling these dogs is now against the law there, which has owner David Salinas up in arms. He says, "You cannot ban a legitimate business from doing business. Bottom line."

A new ordinance in San Diego bans stores from selling pets that come from commercial breeders. Shops are only allowed to sell "rescued" animals from shelters. Similar bans passed in 31 cities. One in South Lake Tahoe went into effect in 2011. Reno has no such ordinance, although some have suggested it.

Dale Bartlett with the Humane Society of the U.S. hopes the bans put commercial breeders out of business. His group's undercover investigations show nightmarish conditions where dogs are bred continuously. He says the facilities, commonly known as puppy mills, produce an estimated 2 million puppies each year. As he put it, "Dogs are kept in tiny wire cages, sometimes only 6 inches from their tip of their nose to the cage for the entire lives."

Pet shop owner Rene Karapedian says once he saw those conditions, he pushed for a ban in his city of Glendale, California. How does he make most of his money now? "Some from the supplies, but mostly from the services that I added on." Like boarding and grooming, giving him a 30% boost in sales. But Salinas believes his puppies come from reputable breeders. So, he continues to defy the ban, saying Americans should not be forced to change the way they chose...their best friends.

-CBS News & John Potter

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