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Sacramento Law Bans the Sale of Non-Rescue Dogs & Cats From Pet Stores

The city of Sacramento, California voted Tuesday night to amend an ordinance banning the commercial sale of non-rescue dogs, cats and rabbits from pet stores citywide.

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In an effort to put an end to inhumane “puppy mill” breeding operations, Sacramento lawmakers passed an ordinance that permanently bans the sale of non-rescue dogs, cats, and rabbits by pet stores in the city.

Under the new law, individuals can still buy animals from licensed breeders, but retails shops cannot sell them – they are only permitted to adopt out animals that come from shelters, Humane Societies and registered rescue groups.

Sacramento is joining more than 200 other cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin by passing the new legislation which was designed to target puppy mills and backyard breeders, and also to cut down on the vast number of animals that are euthanized in area shelters every year. You can see a full list of cities with active bans right here.

All but one retail pet store under jurisdiction of the new law already currently source animals from local rescue organizations.

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“In many cities, animals are brought in from other states, from ‘puppy mills,’ where they live a horrific life — especially the breeder mothers, in cages their entire lives,” Front Street Animal Shelter Director Gina Knepp said.

The new law, and others like it around the nation, is a huge step in the right direction toward eventually putting an end to commercial mass breeding operations, also known as puppy and kitten mills, and ultimately saving countless lives.

Would you support similar legislation in your own city? Weigh in with a comment below!



  1. concerned citizen

    Oct 5, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    when you ban regulated licensed and inspected pets in favor of unregulated, uninspected ones who imports foreign diseased animals, you are supporting the very animal abuse you claim to be preventing https://imageevent.com/illegalrescues/legislationforall

  2. Jana Simons

    May 24, 2017 at 12:31 am

    No!!! Government overreaching in to our private lives! This does not solve the problem. Open your eyes people!!

  3. J Simons

    May 24, 2017 at 12:31 am

    No!!! Government overreaching in to our private lives! This does not solve the problem. Open your eyes people!!

  4. Jane Geiger

    May 23, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I definitely would support such a law AND the politicians who proposed and supported it!

  5. SparkyGump

    May 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm


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