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Law Enacted to Prohibit Sale of Puppy Mill Animals in New York City

Pet stores in New York City are prohibited from buying puppies from commercial puppy brokers or from USDA-licensed breeders with severe Animal Welfare Act violations under a new, groundbreaking ordinance. Mayor Bill de Blasio allowed the bill to become law, and it will go into effect this month. Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“New York City pet stores sell more puppies than any other city in the country. The passage of this ordinance signals a rising interest in cracking down on the puppy mill industry nationwide.”

More than 70 localities nationwide, including the cities of Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles have banned the sale of commercially-raised puppies in pet stores altogether.

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

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