A California Bill to End Sale of Animals from Puppy Mills Heads to the Governor

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FRESNO, Calif. — A bill to end the selling of animals from puppy mills heading to the Governor.

Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell introduced Bill 485 that would ban the sale of animals from puppy mills.

Instead, it would require all dogs, cats, and rabbits offered for retail to be obtained by shelters or nonprofit rescue organizations.

“We support that, we support that animals get rights,” said Diana Johnson, Business Manager at Valley Animal Care Center.

Employees at the Fresno Animal Care center said if the bill passes it will help end the cruel breeding of animals and regulate overpopulation.

“It provides animals with more safety measures and ensures more about health and well-being,” said Johnson.

They aren’t sure if it will help them clear their shelters.

“As far as do we think this bill will impact us as a shelter, we are not sure.”

John Shafer, owner of Whitie’s Pets says he hasn’t sold a puppy in years.

 “We advocate going to the shelters and adopting,” said Shafer.

He does sell rabbits from a private breeder and if this bill passes, he says he will have to abide. Assembly man O’Donnell said this bill will not only help shelter animals but tax payers as well.

He said Californians spend more than $250 million a year to house and euthanize animals in shelters. He said that could change with this bill.

Shelters are just waiting to see what’s next.

Now it is on its way to the governor and he has until October 15th to sign or veto the bill.

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