Bill would re­quire pet stores to sell res­cue an­i­mals

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

SACRA­MENTO (AP) — Cal­i­for­nia could be­come the first state to ban the sale of an­i­mals from so­called puppy mills or mass breed­ing op­er­a­tions un­der leg­is­la­tion sent Thurs­day to Gov. Jerry Brown by law­mak­ers.

An­i­mal rights groups are cheer­ing the bill by Demo­cratic Assem­bly­man Pa­trick O’Don­nell to re­quire pet stores to work with an­i­mal shel­ters or res­cue op­er­a­tions if they want to sell dogs, cats or rab­bit.

Thirty-six cities in Cal­i­for­nia, in­clud­ing Sacra­mento, Los An­ge­les and San Fran­cisco al­ready have sim­i­lar bans in place, but no statewide bans ex­ist.

“We’ve ac­tu­ally seen a thriv­ing pet in­dus­try based on the model of get­ting th­ese from shel­ters,” said Demo­cratic Assem­bly­man Matt Dabab­neh of En­cino.

Brown spokesman Brian Fer­gu­son de­clined to com­ment on whether the gov­er­nor plans to sign it.

Pri­vate breed­ers would still be al­lowed to sell dogs, cats and rab­bits di­rectly to in­di­vid­u­als.

Sup­port­ers of the bill say it’s aimed at en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­ual buy­ers to work di­rectly with breed­ers or to adopt pets in shel­ters.

It also would en­sure an­i­mals are bred and sold healthily and hu­manely, sup­port­ers said.

Few pet stores in Cal­i­for­nia are still sell­ing an­i­mals and many al­ready team up with res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions to fa­cil­i­tate adop­tions, ac­cord­ing to O’Don­nell’s of­fice.

“Cal­i­for­ni­ans spend more than $250 mil­lion a year to house and eu­th­a­nize an­i­mals in our shel­ters,” O’Don­nell said in a state­ment. “Protecting the pets that make our house a home is an ef­fort that makes us all proud.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.