WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - California's ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits started today.
Pet store operators will not be allowed to sell a live cat, dog, or rabbit unless the animals were taken from an animal shelter, animal control agency, or animal rescue.
Supporters of the law say it's aimed at encouraging families and individual buyers to work directly with breeders or to adopt pets in shelters.
It also would ensure animals are bred and sold healthily and humanely, supporters said.
Thirty-six cities in California, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento already have similar bans in place, but no statewide bans exist.
Brooke County Volunteer Steve Tennant said he would love to see this law come to West Virginia.
Brooke County Animal Shelter Volunteer, Steve Tennant said, "We've passed so many, so many good laws here pertaining to animal well fair, here in West Virginia. We are one of the top states in the country now in animal well fair and this would only add to it."
Pet store owners in California who violate the new bill would be subjected to a $500 penalty.
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