California- The First State To Ban Sale Of “Puppy Mill” Pets In Pet Stores


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A new bill in California will require that all pet shops sell only dogs, cats and rabbits from rescue groups or animal shelters and not from “puppy mills” has passed the California legislature and is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.  reported

 “We applaud California lawmakers for rejecting puppy mill cruelty by voting to end the sale of commercially raised dogs in pet stores,” stated Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States as reported by

A puppy mill is described as a “large-sale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well – being of the dogs,” according to

Approximately 10,000 puppy mills exist in the United States reported by the, and about 7.8 million dogs in the USA according to

According to a new study by Dr. Barchas, one problem for pet owner buying from a breeder might be that pet store puppies have higher rates of behavioral problems as adults, compared  to puppies obtained from breeders reported by Some behavioral problems is chewing and digging reported by

Puppy mills have been accused of housing dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization, according to

In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters. Puppy mill puppies, often as young as eight weeks of age, are sold to pet shops or directly to the public over the Internet, through newspaper ads and at swap meets and flea markets, added the source.

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s only has only  until Oct. 15 to sign the bill. If this law is passed it would prevent the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state according to

The California Senate recently passed the measure with not a single legislator dissenting, and the Assembly concurred in overwhelming fashion, delivering the governor a bill originally coauthored by Assembly members Patrick O’Donnell and Matt Dababneh according to

“It’s time we stop the tragedy of puppy mills. AB 485 will help to ease the overcrowding of homeless animals in California shelters, relieve county budgets, and put a spotlight on the abusive puppy mill industry. Californians can lead the country in the protection of animals and help end the cruelty of commercial puppy mills once and for all,”  stated Dr. Gary Weitzman reported