Kittens, like the ones in this photo, were rescued from a fire in Corona this morning. Photo via Pixabay.
Kittens, like the ones in this photo, were rescued from a fire in Corona this morning. Photo via Pixabay.

A Southland assemblyman Monday introduced legislation with the goal of ending inhumane puppy and kitten mills responsible for unhealthy animals and animal overpopulation.

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, said AB 485 would promote responsible pet purchases by prohibiting local pet stores in California from selling dogs, cats and rabbits obtained through substandard commercial breeding facilities.

The bill — its introduction coincides with Responsible Pet Owner Month – – now awaits referral to its first policy committee.

“Inhumane breeding facilities are mass-producing animals for sale to the public, even as overcrowded shelters euthanize millions of dogs and cats each year,” O’Donnell said. “AB 485 celebrates responsible pet ownership by supporting access to rescues and pet adoptions.”

The bill’s sponsor, Social Compassion In Legislation, is a California- based nonprofit organization with the goal of finding solutions for the welfare, protection and rights of animals, according to O’Donnell. SCIL played a role in the passage of a similar local ordinance enacted by the city of Los Angeles in 2012.

“With the introduction of this new bill, thousands of shelter and rescued animals will have a chance of finding their forever homes by getting out of the shelters and into store fronts,” said SCIL President Judie Mancuso. “As California taxpayers, we spend over a quarter of a billion dollars annually to house and kill animals. We need to implement solutions and not settle for status quo for one more year.”

—City News Service

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