California Becomes 1st State to Ban Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats

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California will be the first state in America to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from pet stores. The move is an effort to crack down on puppy mills.

With AB 485, retailers are banned from selling live dogs, cats or rabbits unless the animal was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, humane society group, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter or a rescue group that’s in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter.

“Given the number of very adoptable, very lovable, very cute, very noble dogs and cats that we have in shelters all across the state let’s focus on finding homes for those animals and not on encouraging the horrible trade of dogs and cats that come out of puppy mills,” Assemblywoman Laura Friedman said.

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