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New York, N.Y., November 24, 2014 – An important public meeting regarding a proposed local law (Ordinance 55) regulating pet shops will take place on November 24, 2014. Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) Founder and President Deborah Howard will testify in support of the bill. CAPS has played a vital role in providing statistical proof that retail pet stores in New York City sell puppies sourced from puppy mills with USDA violations. When Int. No. 55-A was introduced for the first time, CAPS General Counsel John Maher was among the first to testify in support of the bill. The proposed amendment would significantly improve the New York City Retail Pet Sales Law and related ordinances concerning spay, neuter, and micro chipping requirements. Ordinance 55 will also place tougher restrictions on pet shops in New York City.

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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/
Summary:
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.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:06

Suffolk County Signs "Puppy Mill Bill"

unnamedToday, Suffolk County became the first in New York State to sign a ‘puppy mill’ law. Even though it won’t be an outright ban, it will implement stricter rules for pet dealers and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills. The ‘Puppy Mill Bill’ also brings transparency to the pet dealer business by requiring pet shops to provide the latest USDA inspection reports upon request. After the bill was signed, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone presented the pen used to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy in recognition of her hard work.
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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.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-03-07
Publication name: The Dodo
URL for more info: https://www.thedodo.com/nyc-proposes-ban-on-puppy-and--456285376.html
Summary:
After years of lobbying by animal welfare organizations, New York City has introduced legislation that will prohibit the sale of pets bred in puppy mills and kitten mills, and also impose strict new requirements on animal care in pet stores.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-01-14
Publication name: CAPS Blog
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/new-york-governor-cuomo-signs-puppy-mill-bill-into-law/
Summary:
Albany, N.Y. - On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed A.740-A/S.3753-A or the “puppy mill bill” into law. The new legislation, which the New York State legislature passed last summer, will allow local governments, like New York City, to enact stricter laws regarding pet dealers. Municipalities in New York will now be able to pass ordinances like those sponsored by the Companion Animal Protection Society in California, Illinois, and Florida.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-01-09
Publication name: Press Release
URL for more info: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/010913-pet-dealers-in-ny
Summary:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to help protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers.

“The legislation announced today is a win for those individuals and communities across the state that have fought for the health and safety of animals under the care of pet dealers,” Governor Cuomo said. “While existing state law will be upheld, today’s legislation will give support to the many local municipalities that want to ensure stronger safeguards are in place to protect the animals in their communities.”

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 13:43

Urgent Action for NYS Residents


THE GOVERNOR NOW HAS UNTIL JANUARY 10th TO SIGN THE PUPPY MILL BILL INTO LAW!

It is more critical than ever that the governor hears from animal advocates like you. Will you **call** Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 and politely urge him to sign the pet dealer bill into law?

You can simply say: “I am a constituent and I would like to urge Governor Cuomo to sign A.740-A/S.3753-A into law.”

We’ve worked so hard to get this bill this far. Please help us get it signed into law! Time is running out!
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The Companion Animal Protection Society is eagerly awaiting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign A.740-A/S.3753-A. Local governments in New York State will finally be allowed to regulate pet dealers and fight the puppy mill cycle in their neighborhoods. The bill will close a gap in state law that left animals and consumers unprotected. For far too long, municipalities have been unable to fight puppy mills through meaningful legislation.

Thanks to A.740-A/S.3753-A, municipalities like New York City will be able to enact ordinances banning the retail sale of pet shop puppies, kittens, and rabbits and requiring stores to offer only shelter or rescue animals for adoption. CAPS' New York director is already working with legislators in Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester counties to draft ordinances.

CAPS, along with other animal advocate groups, worked hard to get this bill through the NYS legislature. Local communities demanded the ability to regulate pet dealers in their backyards and A.740-A/S.3753-A is the answer. Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and Senator Mark Grisanti demonstrated their commitment to animal welfare by making this landmark bill possible.
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