California finally caught up with local communities when a ban on sales of breeding mill puppies, kittens and bunnies went into effect Jan. 1.
Under the Assembly Bill (AB) 485 puppy mill ban, pet stores that sell dogs, cats and bunnies must get them from rescue organizations and animal shelters. Each store must record where the dogs, cats and rabbits they sell came from for a year. Pet stores must also follow regulations about spaying and neutering. Each violation is subject to a $500 fine.