Rescues Only: California the First State to Ban Commercially Bred Pet Sales

January 3, 2019 AT 7:03 AM

California rang in the new year by becoming the first state to ban pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits.

Passed in October 2017, the law took effect just this year on Jan. 1 and puts a serious damper on "puppy mills," many of which are notorious for breeding under poor conditions that hurt the health of the animals.

Many Southern California cities, Los Angeles included, had similar bans on sales of commercially bred pets in place for several years. But California wins the title of the first state to require pet stores to sell only rescued animals.

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