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January 10, 2014

Statement on New York Governor Signing Groundbreaking Puppy Mill Legislation

New York local governments can now regulate large-scale commercial puppy mills and provide oversight of pet dealers, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of A.740a/S.3753a. Sponsored by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, D-New York, and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, the law grants counties and municipalities the ability to enact regulations to protect dogs raised in puppy mills. Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“New York’s lax laws have attracted some of the worst puppy millers, and dogs suffer in cruel conditions every day. Now, local governments and New York residents will have the ability to stop the abuse in these puppy mills. We thank Governor Cuomo, Assemblymember Rosenthal, Senator Grisanti and the legislature for enacting a law that will help prevent the cruelty we so often see at large-scale dog breeding facilities. We also thank the large numbers of New Yorkers, including Glee star Lea Michele, and local and national organizations for encouraging lawmakers to protect breeding dogs in the Empire State.”

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