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Proponents urge Hochul to sign bill banning sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores

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Posted 6/10/22

The New York State Legislature has passed a bill that if signed into law by the governor, will end the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across the state.

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Proponents urge Hochul to sign bill banning sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores

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The New York State Legislature has passed a bill that if signed into law by the governor, will end the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across the state. Officials say the law would cut off a major outlet for puppy mills.

The bill was already passed in the Senate. The Assembly passed the legislation late last week in the final days of its 2022 session.

This action follows the December 2021 release of a hidden camera investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States, which reportedly found suffering, sick, and dying puppies in American Kennels, one of the largest puppy stores in Manhattan.

According to the Humane Society, the investigation also exposed the store for buying puppies from Daniel Gingerich — a breeder in Iowa who was just shut down in October after sick, dead, and emaciated dogs were found at his puppy mill.

The investigation prompted scrutiny from the city, and the store closed two months after the investigation, according to the Humane Society.

The incident “served as a reminder for New Yorkers that responsible breeders don’t sell to pet stores, as responsible breeders want to meet the individuals who are interested in buying their puppies to ensure a good fit,” the Humane Society stated in an announcement to press.

Along with prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits by retail pet shops, the bill authorizes collaboration with entities to provide space to showcase cats or dogs owned by certain entities for the purpose of adoption.

These entities would include animal rescue organizations and humane societies, among others.

“[This] vote makes it clear that New Yorkers flatly reject cruel puppy mills and their pet store sales outlets,” said Brian Shapiro, New York state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We applaud Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris for their steadfast commitment to bringing this historic bill over the finish line and respectfully urge Governor Kathy Hochul to take similar action by swiftly signing this legislation into law.”

“If consumers knew where the puppies, kittens, and rabbits sold at pet stores came from they would be appalled. The conditions and treatment these animals endure is inexcusable,” said Libby Post, executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, in response to the bill’s progress in May. “This bill stops pet stores and unwitting consumers from bolstering an inhumane industry.”

According to the bill, the act would take effect one year after it becomes a law. It is awaiting being delivered to and signed by the governor, as of the time this article was written.

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