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Gov. Cuomo to sign bill requiring nonprofit animal shelters, rescues to register with state

Discussion in 'Other Dogs in the News' started by Michele, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Gov. Cuomo to sign bill requiring nonprofit animal shelters, rescues to register with the state
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    The bill would require not-for-profit shelters to pay a $100 registration fee and abide by state documentation and vaccination requirements for the import of dogs and cats into New York.
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    Glenn Blain
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Monday, August 14, 2017, 10:01 PM

    ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday plans to sign legislation cracking down on puppy mills and unscrupulous pet dealers who masquerade as not-for-profit animal shelters, the Daily News has learned.

    The bill, which was adopted by the Legislature in June, will require all nonprofit animal shelters and rescues to register with the state — a move that would make them, for the first time, subject to state regulation.

    “For too long, unscrupulous pet dealers have avoided proper oversight, and placed the health of pets under their care at risk in the name of profit,” Cuomo said. “This legislation closes this loophole and creates a framework that allows regulation of these organizations and companies and creates peace of mind for pet owners.”

    Supporters of the bill, including a host of animal welfare organizations, said a growing number of animal dealers are incorporating as not-for-profit shelters to evade the inspection and animal documentation requirements of New York's pet dealer program.



    State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Suffolk County), who sponsored the bill, said the number of licensed pet dealers in New York has declined by nearly 40% over the past five years while many new not-for-profit shelter and rescue organizations have sprung up offering similar services.

    “The unfettered flow of companion animals into New York has created a host of animal health, public safety and consumer protection challenges,” Libby Post, Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation said. “This law will help stem this tide and strengthen the animal sheltering and rescue organizations that pay attention to the rules and do the right thing.”

    The bill would require not-for-profit shelters to pay a $100 registration fee and abide by state documentation and vaccination requirements for the import of dogs and cats into New York. It would also give the state Department of Agriculture and Markets additional authority to craft regulations governing the organizations.

    “There are so many wonderful organizations that do incredible and valuable work to help animals, but unfortunately some not-so-great people have used this exemption as an excuse not to be regulated,” Boyle said.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/pol...ng-unscrupulous-pet-dealers-article-1.3411621
     
  2. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Generally against Big Brother getting too involved but I am not opposed to this.
     

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