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California becomes first state to ban retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits

Posted at 5:19 PM, Dec 30, 2018

CALIFORNIA – Come New Year’s Day, California will become the first state to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Under the new law intended to crack down on breeding mills, retail pet stores will only be able to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits if they come from a rescue organization.

Pet stores could face a $500,000 fine for sell an animal that is not a rescue.

Private pet store owners say they fear the new law will hurt business and limit people’s access to popular breeds. The new law, however, does not impact the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits directly from breeders.