Governor Signs the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act
New law will halt the sale of pets from inhumane puppy mills
SACRAMENTO - Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 485, introduced by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), which requires all dogs, cats, and rabbits offered for retail sale in California pet stores to be obtained by an animal shelter or non-profit rescue organization.
“By signing into law the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, California is setting an example on how businesses, local animal shelters, and rescue groups can work together toward a common goal - ending the inhumane treatment of animals at puppy mills and the unnecessary euthanasia of pets at shelters,” remarked Assemblymember Dababneh. “While we celebrate this win today, it’s important to recognize there’s still a lot of work to be done to increase the standards of animal welfare. I look forward to a continued partnership with Social Compassion In Legislation and other animal rights organizations as we make progress on these important issues.”
The bill’s sponsor, Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL), is a leading nonprofit organization focused on the welfare, protection, and rights of animals. SCIL was instrumental in the successful passage of a similar ordinance in the City of Los Angeles in 2012.
“We are overjoyed with the Governor’s signature and broad support from the entire animal-loving community for this groundbreaking legislation,” said Judie Mancuso, Founder and CEO of SCIL. “In banning the sale of mill-bred animals, California took a bold step forward. The deplorable conditions that animals suffer in these high-volume breeding facilities are not a secret and now they have a champion in California.”