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                                                                  AB 490
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          AB 490 (Smyth)
          As Amended  July 9, 2009
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |77-0 |(May 21, 2009)  |SENATE: |38-0 |(August 27,    |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2009)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    B. & P.  

           SUMMARY  :  Revises the guidelines by which a pet store operator  
          or employee may euthanize rodents and rabbits intended as food  
          for another animal, and modifies the definition of a pet store,  
          as specified.  

           The Senate amendments  modify the definition of "pet store" to  
          exclude retail establishments offering for sale animals to  
          agricultural operations for purposes that are directly related  
          to the raising of livestock or poultry on a farm or ranch; and  
          deletes the exclusion of those selling or offering animals for  
          student or youth projects, or for educational purposes.
           EXISTING LAW  : 

       1)Establishes the Pet Store Animal Care Act (Act), which regulates  
            the care and maintenance of animals in the custody of a pet  
            store, and provides limits on the sale or transfer of those  

       2)Permits euthanasia of an animal intended as food for another  
            animal using humane methods, as specified in Appendix 2 of the  
            AVMA 2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia.

       3)Specifies that each employee who performs euthanasia shall  
            receive adequate training and proof of successful completion  
            of such training shall be documented in writing and retained  
            by the pet store for two years, unless a longer period is  
            otherwise required under California law.

       4)Defines a pet store as a retail establishment open to the public  
            and selling or offering for sale animals, except that a person  
            who transfers only animals that were bred or raised, or both,  
            by that person, is considered a breeder and not a pet store. 


                                                                  AB 490
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           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill is substantially similar to  
          the version approved by the Senate.
          FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Rebecca May / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301 

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