Another victory on Tuesday, April 18th, the Assembly Business and Professions Committee approved AB 485 in Sacramento, CA. ICYDK, AB 485 is the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act and it passed almost unanimously with a vote of 10-1. This bill was authored by Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell. The bill’s principal co-author is Assembly Member Matt Dababneh. And the sponsor of the vanguard legislation was Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL).
Assembly Member O’Donnell said, “My office has heard from hundreds of voices across the state calling for this responsible approach to pet ownership. By promoting access to rescue animals in local pet stores, AB 485 will help thousands of adoptable animals find their forever home.” And Assembly Member Dababneh added, “I am proud to be the Principal Co-Author for AB 485 the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act. It was great to see my colleagues in the committee support this cause today. This bill is an important step in ending the inhumane and deplorable breeding practices of puppy mills, and fostering increased adoption opportunities for pets at local shelters.”
This new bill states that all dogs, cats and rabbits that are offered for retail sale be obtained by public or private animal shelters that are located in California and non-profit rescue groups.
Judie Mancuso, president of SCIL said, “Passing this bill into law will be a gigantic step forward in solving the state’s pet overpopulation crisis and will shut the door to the socially unacceptable cruelty of mill-bred animals.”
This is great news to many as the state of California euthanizes more than one thousand dogs and cats daily.
The other act that also passed on Tuesday is AB 1199. The Canine Encounters Protection Act passed with a 6-1 vote. This bill was authored by Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian and sponsored by SCIL. It was created to keep both police and the dogs they may encounter safe. Shockingly, every 98 minutes in the United States, a dog is shot by law enforcement. AB 1199 will require mandatory in-service dog encounter training to California police.
Nazarian said, “Police officers without proper training are too often stuck in a terrible lose-lose situation. We need to proactively train police officers to ensure that they feel safe and our family dogs are safe.” And Henry Brezezinsky, Legislative Chair of the California Animal Control Directors Association said, “Law Enforcement Officers need to be protected from aggressive dogs in their daily encounters…AB 1199 will provide the training needed to protect both the officers and the animals in our communities.”
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