We received this disturbing report yesterday from a neighbor:
Los Angeles Friends, keep an eye out for a man selling puppies on the streets of Melrose Ave near Alta Vista. If you see him please let [people] know and take a picture. He has been stealing, selling, and abusing dogs for years and no one can seem to catch him or stop him…. We called the cops, they came and said he was allowed to sell these puppies. They said they checked his record. They were wrong. It is illegal to sell puppies without a permit and we just found out from [City of Los Angeles] Animal Control that he has a record going back six years of animal abuse and stealing dogs. They just let him go with this sweet little puppy even though a lady told them he tried to sell the puppy to her and the puppy had a collar and tags on in the morning..sigh…so if you see him please take a pic. He is a large African American man named Bernard and was wearing an army jacket….
If you know anything about this, contact the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. You can also contact Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz’s office and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
UPDATE WITH GOOD NEWS: The LAPD looked into this situation, and found that the man had two outstanding arrest warrants. They arrested the man, and took him to jail. Great work by our community members watching out for our neighborhood, and by the LAPD!