Featured in: Pets and Wildlife  |  September 13, 2019

Rescues Only!

California Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue Animals

Goodbye puppy mills, at least in the Golden State: A California law that went into effect this year requires pet stores to only sell dogs, cats and rabbits obtained from shelters or non-profit rescue groups.

“This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course,” said Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell at the time the legislation, AB 485, was passed in 2017. But, O’Donnell added, the law also helps “California taxpayers, who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters.”

Store owners now have to provide records of origin for their charges or face a $500-per-animal fine. Individual owners can still buy from breeders

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