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Hochul Signs Legislation That Bans Pet Stores From Selling Dogs, Cats and Rabbits

A Goldendoodle bought at a puppy mill in Brooklyn (Photo: Queens Post)

Dec. 15, 2022 By Czarinna Andres

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill that bans pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits.

The law aims to end the puppy mill pipeline—and has long been championed by State Sen. Mike Gianaris, who represents western Queens.

“Today is a great day for our four-legged friends and a big step forward in our fight against abusive and inhumane puppy mills,” Gianaris said, who sponsored the bill in the state senate. “My thanks to Governor Hochul for standing up for the voiceless loving animals who are members of our families and deserve the respect we’ve shown them today.”

The legislation was passed by the state senate will relative ease—as it did so in 2021. This year, however, the bill passed in the assembly after failing to do last year. The bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan).

Gianaris said that most of the animals available for sale in pet stores come from notorious dog, cat and bunny mills. He said the offspring of mill animals often have congenital issues and can cost families thousands of dollars in veterinary care.

He said pet-seekers should instead turn to shelters and rescue organizations to adopt animals in need of a home. Pet store owners, he said, will still be able to work with shelters to organize adoption events at their stores.

The law would affect roughly 80 pet stores that are registered to sell domestic animals in the state.

Hochul, in signing the bill, tweeted: “New York is taking action to end the puppy mill pipeline. Dogs, cats and rabbits across New York deserve loving homes and humane treatment.”

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JoeBama Magoo

her word means nothing. stores should continue to sell. who does she think she is, stalin?

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angry newyorker

Blind eye on crime and mental illness, while shinney jiggling keys over puppy rights. Maybe we should all grow tails to get some service.

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Ellen

I hope that nasty man who owns the pet store on 46th street is put out of business. He is so rude when i ask him about where he gets his pets. All i want to know is if his pets are ill snd he yells at me. I’m 75 years old and that is not nice. I want to see him out of business.

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Sasha

What is up with all these white looking females in WQs walking around with dogs appearing like they’re training them to attack every white looking male on the street. I encountered three this week who were using a prompt word as soon as a white looking male would walk by the female and the dog. The dog would start lunging and barking at the male passing by followed by the female giving the dog a verbal praise. I am waiting for the day they are trying that on a person of color and they get recorded and posted on media so they could lose their jobs.

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Anonymous

Did they let you out with a day pass or was it a promise to take this prescription and your good type of deal?

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Anonymous

Gee, I wonder why Gianaris does so many mailings. Well not really, but why do the people that support this imbecile think he does so many mailings? If you think it is to inform you of anything, think again.

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Try the new HMart.

It got all sorts of random meat and it’s all in Korean lettering. They’re bound to have wabbit.

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