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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.
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.
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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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!