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California is 1st State to ban puppy mill sales at pet shops

October 15, 2017

Assembly Bill #485 has been signed!

This is great news, hope other States get on board with this. JUST BE AWARE the puppy mill industry has seen this day coming, which is why they have been moving their operation online or in newspapers, so DON”T BE FOOLED – RESCUING an animal is the best thing EVER! and I encourage everyone to find their new member of the family there. However, If you absolutely must have a “pure breed” dog/cat or other? go to local dog/cat/rabbit shows where the REAL breeders are there to answer your questions. Just be warned, it’s a fact that “pure breeds” do come with inherited genetic defects. it’s true that the better the breeder the less problems you should have. with that said it’s not uncommon to pay top dollar for the breed you want, then after just a few short months or years, you could be spending even MORE MONEY on vet bills because of heart problems, breathing problems, hip problems, skin problems, etc. Having a mix breed doesn’t exclude you from problems, it just makes it less likely to happen.

DETAILS ABOUT THE BILL: This bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2019, 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.

The bill would require all sales of dogs and cats authorized by this provision to be in compliance with laws requiring the spaying or neutering of animals, as specified. The bill would require each pet store to maintain records sufficient to document the source of each dog, cat, or rabbit the pet store sells or provides space for, for at least one year, and to post, in a conspicuous location on the cage or enclosure of each animal, a sign listing the name of the entity from which each dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained, and would authorize public animal control agencies or shelters to periodically require pet stores engaged in sales of dogs, cats, or rabbits to provide access to those records. The bill would make a pet store operator who violates these provisions subject to a civil penalty of $500, as specified. The bill would also exempt a pet store operator who is subject to these provisions from certain requirements relating to the retail sale of dogs and cats, except as specified.

To learn more, visit the California Legislative Information website AB485

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