Animal lovers rejoice.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday approved legislation aimed at bolstering the health and safety standards for all pet dealers operating in New York.
The legislation calls for separate spaces for pregnant animals and requires all enclosures be cleaned daily and disinfected at least once every two weeks.
“Pet dealers must be held to standards that will promote the safety, good health, and overall well-being of the animals in their care,” a memo attached to the bill reads.
Under the new law, which takes effect in 90 days, pet dealers are required to regularly groom animals to prevent matting and flea and tick infestations and provide animals with diurnal lighting cycles, which mimic natural, 24-hour light patterns.