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New law: Pet stores in California may only sell rescue or shelter animals

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New law: Pet stores in California may only sell rescue or shelter animals. (File photo: KUTV)

Pet stores in California selling dogs, cats, and rabbits may only acquire those animals from rescue groups or shelters, according to a new law which is now in effect.

The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, or Assembly Bill 485, prohibits the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits which come from breeders.

Pet store operators who fail to comply, will be given one notice to comply. If they don't, they'll face criminal misdemeanor charges.

"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," the bill's text states.

Pet stores must also keep detailed records, for at least one year, of where they acquire each pet they put up for sale. Failure to keep such records would result in a civil penalty fine of $500.

The law only applies to pet stores in the Golden State. Folks are still allowed to buy directly from breeders.


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