California becomes first state to require pet stores to sell rescues

Lester Mason
October 19, 2017

California will soon implement a new statewide ban on sales of animals commercially raised in puppy mills.

The law does not prevent owners from purchasing animals from breeders, but they can not be sold via pet stores and breeders will have to sell to owners directly.

"Where they're put in cages and never able to walk on ground, where female animals are bred until they die, where these animals come out sick with a number of different medical conditions". It means that from January 2019 pet stores that do not sell rescue animals will face a $500 fine.

Despite the contention of those groups that the law would strip Californians of their rights, it does not prohibit people from buying dogs and cats directly from breeders. "But also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters", Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, the author of the bill, said in a statement Friday.

Pet advocates have helped increase protections for puppy mill dogs in over 200 cities and counties across the country that already have ordinances similar to this one, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

"This is a great law". Anna Shelter Founder, Ruth Thompson, says other states should follow California's footsteps in shutting down puppy mills.

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