California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 122354.5

<Section operative January 1, 2019.>

(a) A pet store operator shall not sell a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group that is in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter pursuant to Section 31108 , 31752 , or 31753 of the Food and Agricultural Code .

(c) Each pet store shall 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.  Additionally, each pet store shall post, in a conspicuous location on the cage or enclosure of each animal, a sign listing the name of the public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or nonprofit from which each dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained.  Public animal control agencies or shelters may periodically require pet stores engaged in sales of dogs, cats, or rabbits to provide access to these records.

(d) A pet store operator who is subject to this section is exempt from the requirements set forth in Article 2 (commencing with Section 122125 ) of Chapter 5, except for the requirements set forth in Section 122135 , paragraphs (3) and (4) of subdivision (a) of, and paragraphs (5) and (6) of subdivision (b) of, Section 122140 , and Sections 122145 and 122155 .

(e) A pet store operator who violates this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500).  Each animal offered for sale in violation of this section shall constitute a separate violation.

(f) 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 ,  1 and that does not obtain animals from breeders or brokers for compensation.

(g) This section does not prohibit a local governing body from adopting requirements that are more protective of animal welfare than those set forth in this section.

(h) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2019.

1 Internal Revenue Code sections are in Title 26 of the U.S.C.A.

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