Californians Lose 17 Protections in Pet Store Ban Bill

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

According to Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) President Mike Bober, “This amendment codifies what pet professionals across California and the country have been saying since AB 485 was introduced: Pet owners and pet lovers lose out.”

A leading companion animal advocacy group is urging the California Senate to vote against Assembly Bill 485. The bill exempts pet stores from 17 of 21 current state consumer, pet, and professional protections and bans the non-rescue, non-shelter sales of cats, dogs, and rabbits across California.

The affected regulations are in Article 2 of the California Health and Safety Code, Division 105, Part 6, Chapter 5. They were established by the Lockyer-Polanco-Farr Pet Purchase Protection Act, which is still regarded as one of the strongest in the country. According to Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) President Mike Bober, “This amendment codifies what pet professionals across California and the country have been saying since AB 485 was introduced: Pet owners and pet lovers lose out.”

Among the protections that would no longer apply are measures that allow pet lovers to be reimbursed for ill or deceased pets and a requirement that veterinarians regularly examine dogs that enter California pet stores. Permit requirements, civil penalties against law-breaking pet stores, and other provisions would no longer be in effect for pet stores under AB 485.

The affected pet and consumer protections are, in descending order in Article 2:

122130: Animal protections – pet stores must arrange transport within 4 hours of arrival.

122137: Consumer protections – Pet stores must provide materials on the benefits of spaying and neutering and are encouraged to incentivize spaying and neutering.

122150: Consumer protections – Pet stores are subject to fines of up to $1000 for violations of this Act.

122160: Consumer protections – State warranty law

122165: Consumer protections – Pets are presumed to have had an illness if they die within 15 days of purchase and are therefore subject to the warranty law.

122170: Consumer protections – Procedures for coverage by the warranty law. Sections 122175, 122180, 122185, and…

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