Rescue animal lovers unite!
Starting tomorrow, if a pet shop in California wants to sell dogs, cats, or rabbits, they can only sell if they come from shelters or non-profit rescues. The legislation was signed in October 2017 and while it still allows people to buy from private breeders, it restricts stores from doing so. Though it’s worth noting that according to the Humane Society, “truly responsible” breeders don’t sell their puppies to stores.
Chances are if you’re getting a puppy store dog, you’re getting one born in a puppy mill. And the law is great news considering the horrific conditions of dogs born in mills. Under the new California law, CNN reports, store operators have to prove the origin for animals in their store or be fined $500 per animal. Stores will also be required to give animal control agencies and shelters access to the origin record.
California is the first to have such a law enacted statewide, but there is plenty of legislation restricting commercial puppy sales across the country in certain towns and cities. But until every state in the country has a crackdown as specific as California, please stay away from puppy stores and just rescue.