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California Becomes First State to Ban Sale of Dogs from Puppy Mills

Dhicon_thumb By DogHeirs Team | October 14, 2017 | Comments (1)

There will be no more puppy-mill dogs in pet stores in California. That's because Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law a bill that bans the sale of dogs from puppy mills and it also covers cats and rabbits. Pet stores will now be required to sell rescue animals instead.

California’s governor signed the historic bill that will help ensure that no pet for sale in retail stores will come from a puppy mill situation where animals are often overbred and sick.

it will also help overcrowded shelters and rescues by giving pets increased chance of adoption.

“Californians recognize that pet stores enable the work of puppy mills, which cause suffering for dogs and heartbreak for consumers,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to Governor Brown for putting his stamp of approval on a state policy to dry up funding for this inhumane industry.”

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485, the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act by Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D—Long Beach) on Friday, October 13. The bill received wide support from legislators as well as the animal-advocacy community at large. The bill will take full effect on January 1, 2019.


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I think Brown did a good thing here. This way, innocent dogs will have a better chance of finding a home and a lessor chance of being put down. That is terrible to keep a dog in what looks like a jail cell and then put him to death if not adopted fast enough. Dogs are not at their best in a shelter.
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