#Animal Welfare
United States of America

Pet stores are selling sick animals from puppy mills at local pet shops. These animals have had a history of living in horrible inhumane conditions and the puppy mills and pet stores in many cases show no regard or responsibility for the care of these animals after the sale has taken place. Inhumane conditions at the mills as well as in-store have been observed and reported. Anti-Puppy Mill

This bill would prohibit a pet store operator from selling a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency, humane society shelter, or rescue group, as defined. The bill would require all sales of dogs and cats authorized by this provision to be in compliance with laws requiring the spaying or neutering of animals, as specified. The bill would require each pet store to maintain records sufficient to document the source of each dog, cat, or rabbit the pet store sells or provides space for, for at least one year, and to post, in a conspicuous location on the cage or enclosure of each animal, a sign listing the name of the entity from which each dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained, and would authorize public animal control agencies or shelters to periodically require pet stores engaged in sales of dogs, cats, or rabbits to provide access to those records. The bill would make a pet store operator who violates these provisions subject to a civil penalty of $5000, as specified.

For purposes of this section, a “rescue group” is an organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and that does not obtain animals from breeders or brokers for compensation.

This section shall become operative immediately upon successfully obtaining required votes.

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The Colorado Animal Protection Rights petition to Colorado was written by Jennifer M Taylor and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.