California's Pioneering Pet Law Set To Take Effect

KCBS Radio Midday News
December 31, 2018 - 12:26 pm

California will be the first state that forbids the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from breeders in pet stores when a new law takes effect on January 1. 

The law requires that pet shops instead get these animals from rescue centers. The name of the shelter or nonprofit that took care of the pet must be listed as well.

Too often customers had no idea about the unhealthy and inhumane conditions where pets were bred and raised, said one advocate for the law. 

"The consumer pays a price at the end by getting an animal that in some case dies and in other cases has tremendous medical problems to confront," said Cindy Machado, the director of animal services at the Marin Humane Society.

Critics say that the law unfairly assumes that all breeders are unscrupulous. 

Machado disagrees, saying the public wants higher standards and better documentation of an animal's history. 

"This will really send a strong message not just in California but across the country that the public demands better enforcement and better assurances that these pets are being mistreated," she said. 

Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in October. 

Reported by Keith Menconi.