Governor Jerry Brown just recently signed a new bill into law which will take affect after the first of the year. The law will make it illegal for people to sell their animals on the streets, in front of stores or in parking lots.
The law will also address animal cruelty and neglect. People charged with cruelty or neglect could face up to a year in jail and a fine up to 20-thousand dollars. Officials at animal shelters also say the law will help with proper animal care and over population in shelters. " We greatly support that law, we think it's a step in the right direction as far as preventing animal cruelty and over populations, the majority of the animals that we may see here have been given out, therefore they are not spayed or neutered, microchipped or current on vaccinations when they are put into a new home", said Butte Humane Society manager Trenton Burnham.
The bill is also designed to cut down on unwanted animals being bred at places like puppy mills, which supporters of the bill say produce undernourished and mistreated animals.