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Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill passed by Legislature bans dog, cat, rabbit sales in pet stores

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  • Megan Hatch 

New York State Legislature passed the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill (Senate Bill S1130) last week which bans the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores.

This bill follows an increasing concern for commercially-bred pet store animals as many are shipped to New York from out-of-state mills. These mills are known to subject animals to abuse by overcrowding and overbreeding them and having no veterinary care.

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Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill makes sale of dogs, cats and rabbits illegal in pet retailers

The bill was first introduced to state lawmakers in January 2021 and approved by the Senate earlier this year. The bill now awaits Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature to be signed into law.

If the law is signed, it would be illegal for pet retailers to sell pets from these puppy mills including dogs, cats and rabbits.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) New York is one of the biggest markets for puppy mill industries.

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Bill helps in fight to shut down all inhumane puppy mills

In a statement released last Friday, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF-Manhattan), who co-sponsored the bill introduced by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), said puppy mills breed cruelty.

“Banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in New York pet stores will deal the puppy mill-to-pet store pipeline a near-mortal blow.”

The mistreatment of dogs in puppy mills was investigated in December 2021 by The Humane Society. In their investigation, they examined one of the largest pet stores in New York, American Kennels in Manhattan. They found that the kennel holds approximately 60 puppies at all times, including 12 to 20 sick and dying puppies that were hidden from the public in feces-covered “sick rooms” in the basement.

New York will join five other states with laws prohibiting the sale of puppies in pet stores if the bill is signed into law.

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