California Bans Sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores.
A great news for pet lovers
California is the first state, which requires pet stores to sell pets from shelters and rescue centers only, meaning that pet stores can no longer sell animals that were commercially raised in “puppy mills” or “kitten factories”.
These facilities are designed to maximize profits at the expense of the animals in their possession. Those animals are generally kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization, leaving them with medical and behavioral issues for life. This legislation will help break the supply chain so that “mill” operations are unable to profit from their abusive practices.
An important movement to combat puppy and kitten mills, the news is definitely celebratory and is one of the best things to happen to all the pet lovers, protecting both pets and consumers. The law covers cats, dogs and bunnies.
This legislation will help to ease the overcrowding of homeless animals in California shelters, relieve county budgets and put a spotlight on the abusive puppy mill industry. $250 mill is spent every year to euthanize the homeless dogs, cats & bunnies. This is not just about the money, but about un-necessary euthanization which saddens the pet community.
While animal advocates continue to work to find homes for adoptable animals and raise awareness about puppy and kitten mills, breeders across the country continue to churn out puppies and perpetuate the cycle of cruelty.
Pennsylvania is poised to become the next state to step up for mill dogs by ending this cycle.
This model is already used by the nation’s largest pet retailers, Petco and PetSmart, providing greater visibility to shelter animals by getting them out of the shelter environment and into a public storefront, thus increasing their chance for adoption.
The law went into effect on friday Jan1 2019, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Opponents of this bill also believe that it punishes business owners who sell pets from reputable breeders or the breeders themselves. But that’s simply not the case. This law supports local, responsible breeders who limit their total litters to no more than three per year. Ironically, in much of the United States, San Diego included, we’re actually running out of puppies, which is why we need responsible breeders.
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San Diego Humane Society