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Newsom signs legislation requiring animals to be microchipped prior to adoption

Posted at 9:57 AM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 12:57:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Governor Gavin Newsom signed just under 30 bills into legislation on Friday, including two bills to better protect animal welfare in California.

Assembly bill 2152 officially ends the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits around the state by closing a loophole in the current law, while still allowing pet stores to partner with shelters and rescue organizations to showcase animals for adoption.

The Governor also signed senate bill 573, which requires shelters and animal control agencies to microchip all dogs and cats with information before releasing them to adoptive owners.

The state is allocating up to $5 million towards training and resources needed to work toward the state's no-kill goal.