California Pet Stores Can Now Only Sell Shelter Pets

A brand-new bill out of California prohibits a pet store operator from selling “a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group, as defined, that is in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter, as specified.”
Each store will be required to maintain records sufficient to document the source of each dog, cat, or rabbit the pet store sells. The bill would make a pet store operator who violates the law liable for $500.

The law is the first in the country, and is specifically meant to target breeding facilities, called puppy mills or kitten factories.

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