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SF pet stores banned from selling non-rescue dogs, cats

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(Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)

The board unanimously amended the health code to prohibit pet shops from selling any dogs or cats unless they came from animal rescue organizations or animal shelters.

The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Katy Tang, also requires pet shops to maintain records proving the source of each dog and cat as well as to identify in the cages of the animals where the came from.

“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and hopefully worldwide,” Tang said.

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