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Pet stores selling dogs and cats to be banned from renting Irvine Co. store space

 Orange County mega-developer the Irvine Co. has decided to stop renting space to stores that sell cats and dogs. Other animals, such as birds, fish and reptiles, weren't included in the decision.

"Effective immediately, the Irvine Co. will not lease space in any of its centers to tenants that intend to sell dogs or cats," spokeswoman Erin Freeman said in an email. "The Irvine Co. will honor its existing contractual commitments with Russo's until the expiration of current lease terms."

The new policy means Russo's Pet Experience, which has sold purebred puppies and fancy cats for more than three decades at Fashion Island, is likely to close.

The Irvine Co. does not plan to renew Russo's leases at Fashion Island or at the Irvine Spectrum, a company spokeswoman told the Daily Pilot.


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--Britney Barnes, Times Community News.

Photo: Russo's Spectrum Pets in Irvine. (Don Leach, Times Community News / Aug. 17)

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