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New 2019 law restricts pet stores to selling only rescue animals

A pit bull mix peers from its cage at the Pasadena Humane Society on Sept. 24, 2013.
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A pit bull mix peers from its cage at the Pasadena Humane Society on Sept. 24, 2013.

California just became the first state to ban the sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits.

The law was approved back in October 2017, but went into effect this year on New Year's Day. It requires the pet stores to sell only animals coming from rescues and shelters.

Any pet store owner that breaks the new law faces a misdemeanor and a $500 fine per animal.

To see the full story, go to LAist.com.