The following article mentions CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy:
Publication/Event date: 2014-07-30
Publication name: Long Island Press
URL for more info: http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/07/30/nassau-puppy-mill-bills-becomes-political-football/
Two Nassau County lawmakers running against each other for higher office have proposed bills aimed at preventing the sale of dogs from abusive “puppy mills,” turning the issue into a political football.
Special thanks to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy for working so hard to get this bill passed!
Publication/Event date: 2014-06-03
Publication name: Newsday
URL for more info: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/suffolk-passes-law-aimed-at-puppy-mills-1.8325058
The law will ban pet stores from selling dogs from "puppy mills" and cat breeders where inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found serious or repeated minor violations.
Serious violations include unsanitary conditions and undersized cages, said Barbara Dennihy, New York director of Companion Animal Protection Society.
"The conditions of the puppy mills are horrific," Dennihy said. "They view these dogs as property."
The Companion Animal Protection Society worked tirelessly with NY legislators and other organizations to make this bill happen. The "Puppy Mill Bill" allows local municipalities to regulate pet shops.
Publication/Event date: 2014-06-04
Publication name: Long Island Press
URL for more info: http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/06/04/suffolk-oks-bill-targeting-puppy-mills/
The Companion Animal Protection Society, one of several animal advocacy groups that expressed support for the bill, credited Suffolk lawmakers with being the first in New York State to take advantage of a state law passed in January that allows local governments to more strictly regulate pet dealers.
Suffolk County Legislature approved an amendment that will require more disclosure from pet stores and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills.
Hauppauge, N.Y., June 3, 2014 – Suffolk County became the first in New York State to take advantage of the recently signed state law authorizing municipalities to adopt stricter local regulations for pet dealers. Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Legislator William Spencer, M.D. spearheaded the changes to local law and drafted the bill with the assistance of various animal advocacy groups, including Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), and local store owners. The Government Operations, Personnel, Housing & Consumer Protection Committee had already unanimously approved the bill on May 28 and enjoyed widespread support from the community. The most important provision in Introductory Resolution 1047-14 prohibits pet shops from purchasing animals from questionable breeders with violations on their most recent USDA report.
Urge him to sign Bill S3753A/740A
Be polite, please!
Local governments in New York State should be allowed to regulate pet dealers.
Facts prove the USDA and New York State Agriculture Department do not have enough staff or regulations to properly inspect and enforce laws.
Within New York State, we have serious problems with pet dealers. Not only with the treatment of animals in their care, but also with the half truths told to potential consumers, and with the source of these animals.
It is clear companion animals need our help.
S3753-A/740A will ensure that municipalities can regulate pet dealers, increasing health of companion animals, safety of the residents, and source of these animals in our communities.
Please also write to local New York newspapers
NY A.740-A/S.3753-A—Local Government Regulation of Puppy Mills and Pet Stores
Action Needed: Call Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office at (518) 474-8390 to urge him to sign this important legislation into state law.
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Publication/Event date: 2013-25-13
Publication name: Smithtown Patch
URL for more info: http://smithtown.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/pet-shop-back-on-track-with-state-inspectors
A new pet shop in the Smith Haven Mall has passed its recent state inspections after being cited in May for not logging veterinary care for several sick puppies in the shop.
Message from CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy:
New York State Animal Advocates: The bill has passed, the bill has passed!
The NYS Senate Bill S3753 allowing local municipalities HOME RULE on pet dealers in our communities PASSED!
THANK YOU ALL for being part of this life changing bill.
ALL your phone calls, emails, prayers made the passage of this bill possible.
Puppy mill dogs, pet shop puppies and consumers will all benefit from the passage of this bill.
Thank you to Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and her staff, Senator Mark Grisanti and his staff.
Without their commitment to animal welfare this bill would have never been.
Please, please send them a thank you email!
We now need Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law.
Still have much more work ahead of us on a local level, but not today.
Today we CELEBRATE!
About 15,000 people attend every year for the various vendors, entertainment, and food.
CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy took a booth for the second year in a row to educate consumers about pet shops and puppy mills.
There was lots of interest this year. The huge "Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" banner had people stopping by all day to ask about the campaign and our work.
Dennihy also spoke about New York State Senate Bill S3753 and how New Yorkers can help get it passed. Passage of this bill will allow local municipalities to regulate pet dealers in NY state communities.
Thank you Barbara for your hard work and dedication!
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