New York passes law to shut down puppy mill pipeline

Animal welfare groups have praised the New York State Legislature for passing the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill, groundbreaking legislation that will end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state.

Sponsored by a Member of the Assembly Linda B. Rosenthal and Deputy Senate Majority Leader Michel Gianaristhis bill is now heading to Gov. Kathy Hochul. If enacted, it would stop the influx of cruelly bred puppies to New York.

“Over the years we have tried to regulate pet stores, but the industry continues to prioritize profits over animal welfare. My legislation will finally close the pipeline from pet store to puppy mill once and for all,” says Linda B. Rosenthal.

“With so many good animals to save, there is no need for abusive puppy mills to supply pet stores. Our four-legged friends should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” noted Deputy Leader of the Senate Michel Gianaris.

The Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill is supported by major animal protection groups, including the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Humane Society of United States (HSUS), and various others, including millions of New York animal lovers who support stopping the sale of puppies in pet stores.

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Puppies sold in pet stores come from commercial breeders designed to prioritize profit over animal welfare. Breeding dogs in these facilities are often kept without proper shelter, veterinary care, food, or socialization.

These puppies can suffer from serious health and behavioral issues – and families are often unprepared for the financial loss and heartache that comes with buying a sick puppy.

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This broken system is made possible because it is still legal to sell dogs in New York pet shops, departure New York become one of the largest markets in the puppy mill industry. When the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill is enacted, New York shut down this pipeline and deny cruel factories access to the New York one communities.

This is hopeful news.

Source: ASPCA

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