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Suffolk County Enacts Legislation to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

County executive and legislature applauded for steps to increase adoptions of homeless pets

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has signed legislation that will regulate pet dealers within the county and help to crack down on large-scale commercial puppy mills. The law will prohibit the sale of animals from breeders who have a record of USDA violations and the sale of animals younger than eight weeks old. Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“Suffolk County is the first municipality in New York to regulate pet dealers since state legislation in January allowed local governments to create such restrictions. We urge other communities to follow suit, and applaud Suffolk County’s leadership on this issue. The HSUS is pleased that local policymakers are helping to end the cruel treatment of man’s best friend in abusive puppy mills.”

Sponsor of the new law, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, issued the following statement:

“We are doing our part to put an end to this despicable industry that treats animals like worthless, disposable items. It will now be illegal for pet dealers to acquire puppies from breeders that do not meet basic standards for the humane treatment of animals.”


Media Contact: Cheylin Parker; 301-258-1505, cparker@humanesociety.org