By Lemor Abrams

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Animal rights groups are pushing a bill that would replace animals for sale in retail pet stores, with rescue and shelter animals.

The bill would ban the sale of dogs, kittens and rabbits that come from mills and breeders from being sold at pet stores in California.

But store owners say the bill will only create a black market.

“If you want a purebred puppy, say a teacup Yorkie and you don’t find it at the shelter, where will you go? Craigslist,” said pet store owner David Salinas.

Salinas owns four pet stores in Southern California, but he’s spending more time at the State Capitol fighting back against the proposed bill.

“People deserve the right to choose,” Salinas said.

Activists claim pet stores get their animals from inhumane mills or mass producing breeders.

“When you go to a pet store, you don’t know where that animal came from,” said Kenn Altine, CEO of the Sacramento SPCA. “Many animals are bred in less than desirable circumstances.”

The bill goes up for its first committee vote next Tuesday, and animal rights groups say they plan to show up with their pets in force.

Comments (3)
  1. Puppies sold at pet stores usually come from puppy mills, notorious mass-breeding factories that have no regard for animals’ welfare. Every dog purchased also denies a home to one waiting in a shelter, one whose life may depend on being adopted. This compassionate, forward-thinking bill would set an example for the rest of the country.

    1. That’s great if you’re a fan of unknown pit bulls or yappy elderly incontinent chihuahuas. If other dog owners were as irresponsible with their pets this bill would work. Unfortunately there are not a lot of mini-goldendoodles or king charles cavaliers or papillions or golden retrievers or boxers or moyen poodles at the shelters. Until there are, this bill won’t work
      Better to develop an incentive program to steer toward adopting, rather than force that option.

  2. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to adopt an aggressive, or unknown pit bull or yappy or elderly incontinent chihuahua. I’ve been looking for a dog from the shelter for months and there’s jyst nothing except pitties and chihuahuas available. They don’t get many mini goldendoidles in the shelter! A better approach would be to fine the pet stores who are using puppy mills, and make it a crime with a minimum $1000 up to $10000 fine for anyone to own an unfixed pit bull or chihuahua, or sell pit bull or chihuahua puppies. That’ll slow ’em down and limit the number of unwanted pitties and chihuahua’s in shelters! Start at the sources of the problems instead of limiting people’s choices of what breed they want and if they wany to start with a puppy or mature dog. No one wants to be forced to adopt a dog they don’t really want due to lack of choices!

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