ASPCA Applauds New York Governor for Signing Puppy Mill Bill

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 4:45pm
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Way to go, Governor Cuomo! With the stroke of a pen, New York State’s chief executive has just enacted a measure to allow local governments in New York State to regulate commercial dog breeders and pet stores.

The new law, championed by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), will enable New York’s cities, towns and counties to decide for themselves what is tolerable within their borders. The ability to legislate animal care-related standards beyond the state’s minimal requirements could lead to a crackdown on cruel and unscrupulous pet dealers throughout New York.

We have been working alongside local animal protection organizations for years to score this major victory for animals. If you live in New York, we hope you will join us and our local partners in thanking Governor Cuomo for signing this important bill into state law.

“The puppy mill industry wanted to keep the state law unchanged because it allowed maximum profit and minimum accountability,” says Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO. “With this law, we’ll be able to keep a closer eye on these operations, stop inhumane practices, and undoubtedly save many lives. For New Yorkers and animal lovers—and animals themselves—this is a huge and important win.”

Brad Shear, Executive Director of Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, says: “I first want to thank the governor for signing the third animal protection law of the year and making New York State safer for animals. For far too long, humane societies and animal shelters have had to pay the price for disreputable breeders. When puppy mills are uncovered and brought to justice, those dogs end up with our organizations—the folks in each community who believe in treating animals humanely and with dignity. We feed them, care for them, nurse them back to health and adopt them out. We also carry the financial burden. This bill will give our local governments the power to stop puppy mills and the irresponsible pet shops who sell these animals.”

Libby Post, Executive Director of the NYS Animal Protection Federation, also deeply thanks the governor for signing this bill: “Governor Cuomo's signature on this bill couldn’t come soon enough. We just saw a horrible puppy mill incident in Montgomery County where a Border Collie breeder was finally brought to justice for not providing adequate shelter and care for his dogs—including puppies—as the polar vortex bore down on the Capital Region with sub-zero temperatures and considerable snow. The New York State Animal Protection Federation will now work with localities throughout the state to help them put mechanisms in place to stop puppy mills before more atrocities happen.”

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Vianna in Florida

Thank you Gov. Cuomo - it's an excellent start. Hope to see other states follow suit and even stricter measures for regulating the puppy mill business. Furthermore, I wish there was a national registry for animal rescue groups; local folks could find them, visit them, support them, volunteer for them and adopt from them; local veterinarians can opt to work with them. It would even make it easier for people who (for whatever reason) surrender a pet to place them into a no-kill environment with a second chance at love. I dont have the power to make this happen, but maybe YOU do, or know the channels through which it could get done - spread the word everyone! Some day, through diligent education and boundless love we may see a lessened need for such rescue groups and the total absence of puppy mills as bona fide business. Thank you.

Robert Gonzalez

All the ASPCA does for animals is great! Donations are great! Rescue operations are great! Breaking up a dog fight is great! But the problems go on and on. You know what is really great and will eliminate a great majority of the problems? That is if society wants to eliminate this problem! Really easy. A new law and a STIFF penalty! End of story! Give the abuser 30 years in prison and after awhile the crimes will drop. Thirty years means thirty years, not one day less! Better yet make it 50 years!


Thank you Governor, I just can't stand any type of animal suffering...

Tom Sharkey

I thank you as well Governor for your sensitivity extended to the animals ! It really is up to us to protect them as you know.


Thank You you have no idea how much you have done for these animals who deserve so much more than they were getting

Denise A. Scholz

Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for fighting the good fight to help animals.

Jenifer Driscoll

The people of N.Y. spoke loudly and you listened, God Bless you Governor Cuomo, I will continue to be a supporter!