California becomes first state to require only rescue animals sold in pet stores

Effective today, only rescue dogs, cats and rabbits can be sold in California pet stores.

The state’s new legislation, titled AB-485, bans shops from selling from breeders in a bid to eliminate puppy mills.

The law came into force Jan. 1, 2019.

Now, only dogs, cats and rabbits obtained through shelters, humane societies or other rescue facilities can be sold in pet stores. And meticulous records must be kept as they could be periodically checked by officials.

These humane society rescue cats found a home.

The bill is also meant to help keep the unwanted pet population in check.

“The bill would require all sales of dogs and cats authorized by this provision to be in compliance with laws requiring the spaying or neutering of animals, as specified,” it states.

And, pet store operators who break the law could be fined $500.

The landmark law is being applauded as a blueprint for the nation.

Main photo Sacramento SPCA/Twitter

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