Pet stores are banned from selling dogs, cats and other animals supplied by breeders, under a new law signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday.
But the law, which affects neighborhood pet stores, won’t go into effect for two years — on December 15, 2024.
The bill, sponsored by State Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Rep. Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), aims to crack down on so-called notorious “puppy mill” breeders who abuse animals sent to stores for resale sold .
State lawmakers approved the puppy mill ban by a large bipartisan majority last spring, despite efforts by pet shops and their political allies to bury the proposal.
Pet shop owners argued the ban would put them out of business, although they will now be able to charge animal rescue rentals to use their space for adoptions.
“Dogs, cats and rabbits throughout New York deserve loving homes and humane treatment,” Hochul said.
“I’m proud to be signing this law, which will take significant steps to reduce harsh treatment and protect the welfare of animals across the state.”
Gianaris, who first introduced the bill in 2018, said: “Today is a great day for our four-legged friends and a big step forward in our fight against abusive and inhumane puppy factories.
“My thanks to Governor Hochul for standing up for the mute, loving animals that are members of our families and deserve the respect we showed them today.”
Rosenthal said, “New York State will no longer allow brutally inhumane puppy factories across the country to supply our pet stores, monetizing animal cruelty and unsuspecting consumers.”
“By ending the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores, animal shelters and shelters can partner with those stores to showcase adoptable animals and give them forever homes.”
Pet store operators warned Hochul before she acted that a ban on accepting dogs and cats from breeders would force her to close.
“85 percent of our business is puppies so you’re making it illegal for pet shops to sell pets, how are they going to stay in business?” Emilio Ortiz, manager of Citipups in Chelsea, previously told The Post.
David Boelkes, owner of The Barking Boutique in Buffalo, said: “This law would not shut down a single grower. It would only make it harder for people to get a pup from a transparent source.
“We offer the addresses. We also offer [dog kennel] tours. So if people want to see the kennel for themselves, they can, but that’s also why they come to us,” he added.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/15/ny-gov-kathy-hochul-signs-law-banning-puppy-mills-sales/ New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signs legislation banning the sale of “puppy factories.”