California Becomes First State to Restrict Pet Stores From Selling Animals From Breeders

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Published: January 07, 2019
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A new California state law went into place on Jan. 1, 2019, that requires all pet stores to only sell dogs, cats and rabbits that come from rescue organizations instead of breeders. Any pet store that violates the new law will be fined $500.

California’s AB 485 law—initially approved by Governor Jerry Brown in Oct. 2017—is the first of its kind in any US state.

The new litigation mandates that every pet store must maintain records for each animal for at least one year. Also, it requires that pet stores post a sign that lists the name of the shelter each animal is from.

Under the new law, individuals are still able to obtain pets from private breeders.

According to TODAY, prior to the law being passed, 36 cities in California had bans in place for mass breeding—and the new law will enforce the policy statewide.

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