All Pet Stores Must Sell Rescue Animals by 2019

Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Friday making California the first state to require pet stores to sell rescue animals. The legislation, which is meant to stamp out barbarous puppy and kitty mills once for all, will kick in in 2019. Violation will carry a $500 fine.

“This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course," said Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), who authored the bill. He received support from rescue organizations and advocacy groups including Social Compassion in Legislation.

Sheila Goffe’s group, the American Kennel Club, opposed the measure.

“AB 485 blocks all of California’s pet lovers from having access to professional, licensed, and ethical commercial breeders,” she said. “This is not good for Californians or their companion animals.”

The state legislation mimics local ordinance passed by a number of Califrornia municipalities already.