The California Retail Food Code provides for the regulation of health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities, as defined, by the State Department of Public Health. Under existing law, local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing this code. A violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor.
The code prohibits live animals from being allowed in a food facility, except under specified conditions if the contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use articles cannot result.
This bill would authorize a food facility to allow a person to bring a pet dog in outdoor dining areas if specified conditions are satisfied.
The bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to prohibit that conduct by ordinance.
AB 1965, Introduced by Assembly Member Yamada and sponsored by SCIL made it legal for restaurants to offer areas for people to dine with their companion canines in California.
Governor Signs Bill to Ban the Sale of Mill-Bred Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits
Sacramento, CA October 13, 2017 – A landmark bill banning the sale of mill-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown today and will require that stores offer dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescue groups. The signing of AB 485 makes California the first state in the country to enact a policy of this kind and will eliminate the trafficking of mill-bred animals into California pet stores.
It unanimously was approved by the Riverside City Council and went on to be adopted by the entire county.
According to the Riverside Department of Animal Services, the “ordinance was necessary to curb the endless flow of unwanted dogs and cats that end up in county shelters and, ultimately, euthanized.”
Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats – February 16, 2010
October 08, 2008