California has become the first state to ban the sale of animals from puppy mills and require all pet stores to sell rescue animals.
Governor Jerry Brown announced on Friday that he has put forth a law requiring pet stores to work directly with animal shelters if they want to sell animals, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The law will be enacted in 2019 and will still allow private breeders to sell animals directly, according to the governor. Brown said that stores can be fined up to $500 for the sale of each animal that is not a rescue.
"This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course," said bill author Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.