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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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Published in CAPS News
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.
Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 19:23

Suffolk passes law aimed at 'puppy mills'

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.
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
Summary:
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."

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Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 19:11

Suffolk OKs Bill Targeting Puppy Mills

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/
Summary:
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.

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Published in CAPS News

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: 2014-01-14
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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Published in CAPS News
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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Publication/Event date: 2013-09-24
Publication name: Long Island Exchange
URL for more info: http://www.longislandexchange.com/press/2013/09/24/animal-groups-to-urge-governor-cuomo-to-sign-puppy-mill-bill-with-rally-at-bellmore-puppy-store/
Summary:
(Long Island,NY) Orchestrating for Nature (LION) is hosting a 2-hour peaceful protest and educational demonstration outside of Worldwide Puppies and Kittens in Bellmore on October 12, 2013 in order to urge Governor Cuomo to sign A.740a/S.3753a, a bill that would allow local municipalities to regulate pet stores. This event will be attended by and is endorsed by two national organizations and several local organizations ranging from Manhattan to Brookhaven.

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Published in CAPS News
Friday, 23 August 2013 18:24

NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS CODE RED URGENT

NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS CODE RED URGENT
A.740a/S.3753a  COMING READY FOR SIGNATURE
Please make a brief, polite phone call today to Governor Andrew Cuomo at 518-474-8390
Politely say "I'm a constituent asking the governor to sign A.740a/S.3753a allowing local government to regulate pet dealers in my community
New York's animals deserve better protection.
Please follow up with a brief email.
Published in CAPS News
Saturday, 22 June 2013 18:46

The NYS Senate Bill S3753 PASSED!


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!

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