O’Donnell Pet Rescue and Adoption Act Passes Committee

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

(Sacramento) - Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) addressed animal rights activists, caregivers and business owners gathered at the Capitol to mark the passage of the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act from the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions. The bill, AB 485, requires all dogs, cats, and rabbits offered for retail sale in California pet stores to be obtained by an animal shelter or non-profit rescue organization.

“My office has heard from hundreds of voices across the state calling for this responsible approach to pet ownership,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “By promoting access to rescue animals in local pet stores, AB 485 will help thousands of adoptable animals find their forever home.”

Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino), a co-author of AB 485, echoed Assemblymember O’Donnell’s statement.  “I am proud to be the Principal Co-Author for AB 485,” stated Assemblymember Dababneh. “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.”

The bill’s sponsor, Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL), is a leading nonprofit organization focused on the welfare, protection, and rights of animals. SCIL was instrumental in the successful passage of a similar ordinance in the City of Los Angeles in 2012.

“In a time with so many competing and important issues of the day,” said Judie Mancuso, President of Social Compassion in Legislation. “We thank Assemblymembers O’Donnell and Dababneh for standing up against cruelty to animals and defending the voiceless.”

Those wishing to join the growing chorus of support should visit Assemblymember O'Donnell's website to sign the statewide petition.

AB 485 now moves on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 485 Press Release..pdf

O’Donnell Pet Rescue and Adoption Act Passes Committee

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) met with animal rights activists, caregivers and business owners who gathered at the Capitol to mark the passage of the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act from the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions. The bill, AB 485, requires all dogs, cats, and rabbits offered for retail sale in California pet stores to be obtained by an animal shelter or non-profit rescue organization. “My office has heard from hundreds of voices across the state calling for this responsible approach to pet ownership,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “By promoting access to rescue animals in local pet stores, AB 485 will help thousands of adoptable animals find their forever home.”

Below are links to audio of from today’s Pet Rescue and Adoption Act news conference:

Assemblymember O’Donnell presents AB 485 to the Committee. (3:06)

Opening remarks from Assemblymember O’Donnell at the post Committee hearing news conference. (1:17)

Assemblymember O’Donnell says AB 485 is a win-win. (:06)

Assemblymember Dababneh speaking at the AB 485 news conference. (2:00)

Judie Mancuso speaking at the AB 485 news conference. (1:04)

Co-Founder of Healthy Spot Pet Stores Andrew Kim speaking at the AB 485 news conference. (:51)

Dr. Karen “Doc” Halligan, Chief Veterinary Officer of The Lucy Pet Foundation speaking at the AB 485 news conference. (1:40)

Entire, unedited AB 485 news conference. (10:13)

For an unedited video of today's press conference download via vimeo with password below:

https://vimeo.com/213737695 
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