California Pet Sale Ban Begins
California's statewide ban on the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits was ushered in with the new year.
With AB 485 (the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act) officially taking effect on January 1, California became the first state in which pet stores can only offer dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescue groups. The law, which was originally passed in October 2017, also requires pet stores to maintain records of the source of any animals they offer for at least one year. This information must be posted in "a conspicuous location on the cage or enclosure of each animal" and furnished to public animal control agencies or shelters on demand.
Any pet store owners who violate the law will be subject to a civil penalty of $500.