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California Renters Won’t Have To Declaw, Devocalize Pets

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A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in a window in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in a window. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation barring landlords from forcing renters to declaw or devocalize their pets to cut down on noise and property damage.

Brown announced Wednesday he had signed SB1229 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills.

Under the bill, landlords cannot reject tenants who refuse to have the surgeries done on their pets and they cannot advertise in a way that discourages renters whose pets have claws or vocal cords.

Landlords who violate the restrictions will face civil fines of up to $1,000 for each pet.

The measure does not stop landlords from enforcing a “no pets” policy.

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