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Posted: February 16, 2017

Pet stores restricted to selling only rescue animals in San Francisco

RAMLE, ISRAEL - JULY 10: A rescued puppy gets some attention from a worker as it waits to adopted at the
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RAMLE, ISRAEL - JULY 10: A rescued puppy gets some attention from a worker as it waits to adopted at the "Let The Animals Live" pet shelter on July 10, 2009 in Ramle, Israel. Animal welfare activists say that in Israel thousands of pets are dumped at the roadside as families go away for their summer holidays, while in Europe the numbers of animals abandoned in the holiday season can climb into the hundreds of thousands across the continent. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

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Pet stores in San Francisco can only sell dogs and cats that come from rescue organizations or animal shelters under new rules passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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Supervisor Katy Tang sponsored the legislation to amend the city’s health code to restrict the sale of animals of unknown origins.

“Dogs and cats sold in pet stores often come from inhumane puppy and kitten mills that churn out animals with no regard for their health or well-being,” Tang said in a Facebook post.

Yesterday the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported legislation I sponsored to ban the sale of non-rescue cats and...

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The new rules also ban the sale of dogs and cats younger than eight weeks and require pet stores to keep records that prove where the animals came from, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and, hopefully, worldwide,” Tang told the Examiner.

Ultimately the city hopes the ban will help reduce the number of puppy mills and lower the number of animals in shelters.


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