California bans pet shops from selling non-rescue dogs, cats and rabbits

According to the New York Times, the bill, AB-485, is strongly supported by animal welfare organizations who want to prevent puppy mills and kitten breeding factories from pumping out teacup Maltipoos and thumbnail Persian kittens in inhumane conditions. Anyone who violates the new law after that date faces penalties as high as $500 per pet.

The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019. "We are grateful to Governor Brown for putting his stamp of approval on a state policy to dry up funding for this inhumane industry".

Los Angeles, San Francisco and 34 other cities already have regulations for mass breeding operations but now the mandate is statewide.

Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, disclosed to Business Insider: "This historic point law breaks the puppy process inventory network that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has enabled deceitful reproducers to benefit from damaging practices".

Supporters of the measure said it guarantees better treatment of creatures. The bill received wide support from legislators as well as the animal-advocacy community at large.

Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485 on Friday.

"I could be one of the non-profit rescue groups that says, 'Can you put three of these animals in your store, ' and because they're rescue animals that's fine", Welsh said. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was authored by Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach. However, the law does not affect individuals buying from private breeders.

Puppy mills are known to keep animals in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water, or socialization.

Being in the forefront of rehoming shelter animals in a retail venue, where it may be more comfortable for a client (and of course, pretty profitable, since all the pet needs are available for sale), gives the owners and staff a sense of pride.

  • Leon Brazil