California pet stores can only sell rescue cats, dogs and rabbits

Caleigh Wells Jan 9, 2019
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California pet stores can only sell rescue cats, dogs and rabbits

Caleigh Wells Jan 9, 2019
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Starting this year, California pet stores can only sell dogs, cats and rabbits if they come from a rescue or animal shelter. While cities have adopted similar laws, California is the first to extend the rule statewide. The goal is to relieve some of the state’s overcrowded shelters and save some of the $250 million taxpayers spend to house and euthanize rescue animals. Any pet stores that don’t prove their animals are rescues could face a misdemeanor and a $500 fine per pet.

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