Los Angeles getting tougher on street-corner animal sales - latimes.com
City officials say the sidewalk sale of animals is an underground economy that has gotten out of hand. In hopes of stopping it, they've passed a law that makes buying animals on public streets or sidewalks illegal.
The ordinance approved preliminarily by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday calls for penalties of $250 for the first violation, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third. The measure will come back to the council for a final vote Aug. 10.