Stephanie Henkel, Global Animal
Give three barks for New York!
On June 21, 2013, the New York State Senate passed S.3753, a bill permitting local governments to take action against puppy mills. Once Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law, local municipalities will be able to regulate pet breeders and pet stores, which will ultimately curb animal abuse and protect consumers.
Currently, New York is the only state in the country that deliberately prevents local governments from overseeing the pet sale process. This lack of control has led to serious problems with unchecked and abusive dog breeding.
Approximately 47,000 calls were made to state lawmakers in support for S.3753. Now animal advocates will begin asking town and city governments to pass legislation banning the sale of puppy mill pets and requiring pet stores to only sell shelter animals. Similar laws already exist in states like California, New Mexico, and Texas.
Senator Mark Grisanti sponsored the bill in the New York State Senate, which has received an abundance of support from fellow politicians and animal advocacy groups.
Bill Ketzer, senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Northeast region, said that pet dealers are the only ones who benefit from the current law in place, yet dogs, consumers, and shelters get the short end of the stick. Ketzer discussed how Senator Grisanti’s bill allows local municipalities to crack down on animal cruelty for the good of their residents and animals.
So many animals are suffering as a result of the unregulated pet sale industry. The sooner this bill is put into effect, the sooner the suffering can end for abused animals across the Empire State.