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Rent a pet in West Hollywood? You gotta be kidding!

November 13, 2008 |  8:29 am

Are you the kind of person who is far too busy to have a pet but occasionally breaks down when you see that bulldog lovingly licking his owner's face? Well, there's apparently a firm that will rent you a pet. And not surprising, West Hollywood is having none of it. Ryan Gierach hit the right note at WeHo News:

WeHo’s City Council, ever the protector of pets, banned the burgeoning business of pet rentals at its last council meeting. A firm called FlexPetz began renting out dogs to travelers in New York recently and has expanded into the Los Angeles area. WeHo Mayor Jeff Prang called the business “horrific” and wished to bring attention to it by making the ban before a location is set up in this travel-oriented city.

Prang summed it up this way: “It devalues the life of these animals and treats them like a rent-a-car."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Los Angeles Times