Gov. Hochul signs puppy mill ban; legislation to take effect in 2024
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a puppy mill ban into law on Thursday.
The legislation will end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state.
The Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill was designed to close puppy mills that supply some pet stores and put an end to what the governor's office referred to as "abusive breeders."
Humane Long Island President John Di Leonardo applauded the move.
"Thanks to Gov. Kathy Hochul, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and Sen. Michael Ginararis, the Puppy Mill Pipeline will soon come to an end in New York state. Thousands of pet stores across the country have already evolved to no longer sell animals from commercial breeding facilities and instead showcase homeless pets for adoptions and focus sales on a range of pet-related products and supplies," Di Leonardo said. "Two years from now, New York pet stores will have no choice but to stop ripping off consumers and selling mistreated animals. The bill will go a long way in protecting animals and the public, as well as providing much relief to overcrowded shelters and rescues."
As News 12 has reported, pet retailers say the law will put them out of business. Some say there should have been a compromise because they do encourage adoptions, as well as the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits.
Petite Pets Puppy Boutique manager Lisa Caiazzo says they have been in business for three decades, and that take very good care of their dogs that come from one breeder and never have had a violation. She was hoping the legislation would not affect small businesses that are doing the right thing.
The legislation takes effect in 2024 and will allow pet stores to charge shelters rent to use their space for adoptions.