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(b) A pet store operator shall comply with the following animal care requirements:
While some legal protections exist, these laws are not sufficiently specific to provide meaningful protection to pet shop animals. For starters, the average person probably looks to federal law for a framework mandating the fundamental care of pet store animals here in the U.S. However, that assurance is misplaced as federal protection for these animals is almost nonexistent. The U.S. Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) in 1966 (7 USC §§ 2123-2157). Originally called the “Laboratory Animal Welfare Act,” this law has been amended several times since its passage and now addresses certain warm-blooded animals maintained by animal dealers, transporters, and exhibitors in addition to research facilities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the AWA through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
A 27-year-old owner of a Portage Township pet store faces a misdemeanor criminal charge of animal neglect after police found a variety of dead animals and animals covered in their own waste at the business Saturday morning.
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This law requires pet store operators to maintain the facility in good repair, provide proper care to animals, and clean grooming areas daily. Primary enclosures must be structurally sound, provide adequate space, be water-proof, and protect from injury. The law mandates that dogs and cats must be over eight weeks of age and weaned prior to sale. Pet store operators must ensure that veterinary records are documented in writing. Violations may be considered an infraction or a misdemeanor. Ironically, in much of the United States, San Diego included, we’re actually running out of puppies, which is why we need responsible breeders. But responsible breeders are not selling their animals in pet stores. Puppies in pet stores come from out-of-state puppy (or kitten) mills. They’re born from overbred mothers and kept in intolerably inhumane conditions.Mr. O’Donnell introduced Assembly Bill 485, which has cleared the state Assembly. If passed, the bill would prohibit pet stores anywhere in California from selling dogs, cats or rabbits, unless the animal was obtained through a rescue or shelter. This is already the model used by the nation’s largest pet retailers, Petco and PetSmart. This model would certainly provide greater visibility to shelter animals by getting them out of the shelter environment and into a public storefront, thus increasing their chance for adoption. A similar bill passed in Chula Vista in 2012 followed by San Diego in 2013 and then bans in Solana Beach, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos and Carlsbad. Today, more than 230 cities in North America have banned the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores, 35 in California alone.Pet stores cause countless , cats, , rabbits, reptiles, and other animals to endure extreme pain and suffering. Here are four reasons why you should NEVER buy an animal from a pet store: