New York State Senate approves bill to shut down puppy mill pipeline

The New York State Senate approved S.1130, to shut down the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in state pet stores. The bill was sponsored by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Michael Gianaris and supported by numerous national animal welfare organizations.

“With so many good animals to save, there is no need for animal-abusing puppy mills to supply pet stores. Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” Gianaris said. “I thank my colleagues for joining me in passing this important legislation.”

Currently, out-of-state puppy mills ship their puppies to New York pet stores, where they are marketed as healthy puppies from responsible breeders, which is often untrue. Puppies sold in pet stores usually come from commercial farms known as “puppy mills” which are designed to prioritize profit over animal welfare. Dogs in these facilities are often kept in wire-mesh crates without adequate shelter, veterinary care, food, or socialization. As a result, many 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.

A new report detailing where New York pet stores really get their puppies shows that nearly half of puppies shipped to New York pet stores arrive by truck from Missouri, home to the highest concentration of puppy mills in the United States. This cruel and flawed system is made possible because in New York State it is still legal to sell cruelly bred dogs to pet stores. The Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill will deal a cruel and deceptive blow to the puppy mill industry by ending the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in New York pet stores.

“Having one of the highest concentrations of pet stores in the nation that sell puppies, New York State must end the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill dogs in pet stores by finally adopting the New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill,” said Matt Bershadker, president of the ASPCA. and CEO. “Closing the puppy mill pipeline will help prevent retail vendors and commercial breeders from engaging in and profiting from unconscionable brutality.”

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