California becomes 1st state to require pet stores to sell rescue animals

Source: ABC News / By KELLY MCCARTHY / Oct 17, 2017, 8:12 AM ET

Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday signed into law bill A.B. 485, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group.

The law will go into effect in 2019 and supporters have praised the move.

“The problem is puppy mills, and this law is specifically targeting shutting down and not supporting puppies being manufactured in unsafe, unsociable, and horrific conditions,” Elena Bicker, executive director at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, told ABC News.

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