The New York State Senate has now passed a bill to end puppy mills. The bill passed on May 5 would end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in the pet stores of New York, according to Secret NYC.
Bill S. 1130, was sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris and is being widely supported by ASPCA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for puppy mills that abuse animals to supply pet stores. Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” he said. “I thank my colleagues for joining me in passing this important legislation and look forward to working with Assembly member Rosenthal to get this bill over the finish line.”
These pet stores, also known as "puppy mills," are often accused of mistreating animals by not giving them proper care or food. Families that bring pets home from these stores often report major health and behavioral issues, according to the ASPCA. New York has some of the most pet stores selling puppies of any state in the country.
“During the pandemic, the puppy mill industry has demonstrated their unscrupulous and greedy practices by preying on the emotions of consumers during this very challenging time,” said Allie Feldman Taylor, President of Voters For Animal Rights. “While animal shelters worked in partnership with local communities to find homes for thousands of homeless animals, the puppy mill industry ramped up breeding and sales operations to sell as many dogs and kittens as possible for the highest prices possible. They have proven, once again, that they have no interest in protecting animals or consumers.”
The bill now has to go through the state Assembly to be approved.