Uppity Purebred Pets Banned From Retail Sale in California

They may not be able to tell the difference among themselves, but California now bans the retail store sale of non-rescue (licensed shelter) dogs, cats and rabbits, and requires sterilization. (Bogati photo)

NBC CT News – Retail pet stores in California will only be able to sell kittens, rabbits, and puppies if they come from a rescue organization after a new state law goes into effect Tuesday. With AB 485, California became the first state to implement such strict new rules on pet stores.

Retailers are banned from selling live dogs, cats or rabbits unless the animal was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, humane society group, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter or a rescue group that’s in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter.

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