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Pet store use of 'puppy mills' banned under new bill

Discussion in 'Other Dogs in the News' started by Michele, Feb 20, 2018.

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    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    By Ann Marie Barron

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Retail pet store owners who profit from the sale of dog and cats received from "puppy mills'' are the target of new legislation introduced by a Queens senator.

    The legislation, by Sen. Michael Gianaris, would make it illegal for pet stores to make a profit selling the animals. The goal of the effort is to quell the abusive environment fostered by puppy mills, the senator said in a statement.

    "With thousands of good animals in need of homes, there is no need for notorious puppy mills to supply pet stores," said Gianaris in a press release announcing the effort."Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities."

    Under the proposal, retail pet stores would be permitted to work with rescue agencies to promote cat and dog adoptions, but would not be permitted to make a profit in the process, the press release said.

    The bill does not prohibit small breeders from selling dogs and cats. Small breeders are defined as those who raise puppies on their own residential property and sell fewer than 25 each year.

    If it becomes law, any pet store owner will be penalized for profiting from the sale of animals, unless the animals come from shelters.

    The sellers may sell pets that come from shelters and receive a portion of adoption fees associated with the transfer of an animal by any humane society or not-for-profit adoption agency, but they may not take ownership of such pets, the bill says.

    California recently enacted a similar proposal, according to Gianaris' office. That state is also working to end the practice of high-volume commercial breeding, which has led to the mistreatment of animals and increased shelter populations, the statement said.


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