Celebrities and Citizens Are Urging NY’s Governor to Sign Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill into Law

November 30, 2022

Edie Falco with two dogs

After successfully making it through the New York State Legislature, the fate of the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill is in Governor Hochul’s hands. The groundbreaking legislation that would end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in New York pet stores only needs the Governor’s signature to become law. 

The puppy mill pipeline is a cruel industry that puts profit over the well-being of the animals. Puppies sold in pet stores come from commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills, where breeding dogs are often kept in crowded cages, forced to produce litter after litter with little to no veterinary care, adequate shelter or socialization. Their puppies are trucked into New York from all over the country, where they are sold in pet stores. 

Legendary actor and long-time champion for puppy mill dogs Edie Falco has teamed up with the ASPCA to send a letter [PDF] to Governor Hochul urging her to sign the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill into law. Other celebrities such as Andy Cohen, Jennifer Coolidge, Martha Stewart, Patrick Wilson and many more have signed the letter. 

Not surprisingly, the puppy mill industry–commercial breeders, brokers, transporters and pet store owners–are fighting back. They are making false promises and searching for ways to convince the Governor to let them continue profiting from the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.

If you live in New York, call Governor Hochul at (518) 474-8390, extension 3, and let her know that as a New Yorker and pet advocate, you want her to sign the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill into law!