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In a blow to commercial animal breeders and brokers, California pet stores will soon have to get their puppies, kittens and rabbits from shelters and rescue centers only.

Individuals can still buy from private breeders. But beginning in January 2019, it will be illegal for stores to do so. Violators will face a fine of $500.

The bill, A.B. 485, had strong support from several animal welfare organizations, which cheered it as a blow to “puppy mills” and “kitten factories” that mass produce animals for sale, often in inhumane conditions. It was written by two California Assembly members, Patrick O’Donnell and Matt Dababneh, both Democrats, and signed into law on Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

California is the first state to pass such legislation, though it is following dozens of its own cities and jurisdictions, which have passed similar measures on a smaller scale.

“Because pet stores are one step removed from the breeding of the animals they sell, store owners rarely know the breeding conditions of their animals,” a fact sheet for the legislation said. “In many cases, puppy mills house animals in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate food, water, socialization or veterinary care.”

 

Opponents of the measure argued that the bill painted large “puppy mills” and responsible backyard dog breeders with the same broad brush.

Mike Bober, the president of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, a national advocacy group, called it “well-intentioned but misguided” in a video last month, adding that it would jeopardize hundreds of jobs.

But the number of for-profit pet stores in California had been dwindling long before this bill was signed, said Boris Jang, who owns the Puppy Store in Santa Ana, Calif.

He expects the new law will put him out of business.

Mr. Jang said he once worked with animal brokers but stopped about four years ago after learning that the dogs might be coming from commercial breeders where animals suffered.

Since then, he said, the Puppy Store has offered a mix of dogs. About half come from shelters or rescue centers; the rest, which are sold for profit, come from small local breeders or people who have a litter they do not know what to do with. He said that if he had to switch entirely to shelter and rescue dogs, he could not afford his lease at MainPlace Mall.

Still, Mr. Jang said he understood lawmakers’ intentions. “Their heart is in the right place, but their thinking is a little shortsighted.”

After the bill easily passed in California’s Senate and Assembly last month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals praised the state for taking action where federal regulators had fallen short.

“By cutting off the puppy mill pipeline that moves cruelly bred animals from across the country into California pet stores, A.B. 485 will also help prevent California consumers from being duped into purchases that contribute to unconscionable animal ‘production’ and suffering,” the organization said in a statement.

But Ben Ashel, a pet store owner in Agoura Hills, Calif., said the new law might have unintended effects by motivating more consumers to order dogs online or find sneakier ways to acquire the breeds they want.

His store, Puppy Heaven, specializes in matching owners with tiny dogs — teacup Yorkies and toy Maltipoos — and has a celebrity clientele. He said he was not sure what he would do once the law comes into effect.

“It takes the freedom of choice from people who want to get a puppy. They don’t want to get someone else’s unwanted dog or something of that nature,” he said, adding that some people need breeds that work well with children or accommodate allergies and other health issues.

“They just want to start fresh with a puppy, and this law makes it very, very difficult.”

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CHENNAI: Heart-wrenching visuals of a dog being strangled, posted on Facebook, has triggered shock in Chennai - a city that had been left outraged last year when two medical students filmed themselves throwing a mongrel down from a terrace.

The cellphone video - shot in the campus of Vellore Institute of Technology -- shows a black dog being dragged down a flight of stairs, two wire nooses wound tight around its neck. The men holding the nooses show no mercy even though the dog, clearly suffocating, thrashes around. Long before they reach a parked van, the dog collapses.

Locals say the men work for the Tambaram municipality in Chennai and were part of a dog-catching squad.

Dawn William from the Blue Cross, who filed a complaint with the police against the college and the municipality, said it is not known what the men were doing in the campus, since it does not come under the civic body's jurisdiction.

"What made them come there we don't know...We understand they caught eleven dogs this way. They are not saying where they buried the dog," he said.


The university authorities were not available for comments.

The Kancheepuram police said they were investigating the matter.

Last year, the outraged city had tracked down the medical students who threw the dog from the terrace of their two-storied apartment. Not only were they fined by a court, the private medical college they attended also suspended them.

The dog, which had broken a limb, was rescued and adopted by an activist.

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Heartless Nagpur Man Brutally Kicks A Puppy To Death & Assaults The Woman Who Tried To Stop Him

by Arushi Lohia

 

When it comes to killing harmless animals, our society is reaching a new low, every single day. 

A recent example is a man who kept kicking a 2-month old puppy till its intestines came out.

Source: Facebook

The man in question is 30-year-old Abhishek Ingle, a resident of Manav Sena Nagar near Seminary Hills in Nagpur. 

 
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Not just that, Abhishek also abused and assaulted Karnika Pandey, who lives in the same society and was taking care of the puppy because it had a leg injury. 

Abhishek took this disgusting step just because he didn't like the puppy staying in the society!

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According to a report in The Times Of India, Karnika, who contacted animal activist Aparna Modak, said:

Abhishek took away the pup in his car and despite my repeated attempts, his mother did not give me his telephone number.

Aparna was coming to the society along with fellow-activist Dinesh Zile when they spotted Abhishek kicking 'something' around 11 p.m. 

Dinesh told TOI:

On seeing that the person was repeatedly following the action, I stopped the car and turned back. But the person, who I later identified as Ingle, fled. The object he was kicking was a pup which was dead and lying dismembered.
Source: Facebook 

A police complaint was lodged against Abhishek who was arrested soon after. However, he was released on bail for just ₹15,000.

As a society, we really need to think about where we're headed!