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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