Advocates and Lawmakers continue to push for the puppy mill bill

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ALBANY, NY (WENY) – Sophie was bred every six months from the time she was six months old, while living in dirty and unsanitary conditions.

Libby Post, Executive Director of the New York Animal Protection Federation, adopted Sophie 10 months ago, saving her from certain death.

“She is suffering from puppy mill PTSD. You know, it’s been almost ten months and she’s still fearful, she’s still skittish but she’s come a very very long way,” Post said.

The puppy mill bill would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in the state of New York. The legislation was passed by the New York State Senate and now awaits Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature.

Assemblyman John McDonald said this legislation will provide more support to humane societies and shelters. He added that he’s seen most for-profit entities sign on and support this legislation.

“At the end of the day we are taking away the commercialization of selling of dogs. Plain and simple. We are focusing on the right pet in the right home, in a safe environment” he said.

Last year, the American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty to animals rescued more than 500 dogs from a puppy mill in Iowa. And according to documents filed with New York State, more than one-third of New York’s puppy-selling pet stores imported puppies from that specific breeder in Iowa.

“There are no humane puppy mills, there’s just no such thing. They produce living creatures just like a factory makes a cheap pair of shoes,” said Bill Ketzer, Senior Director for Government Relations in the Eastern Division at ASPCA.

Ketzer added that New York in particular is a big market for Midwestern puppy mills. He said the state is “powerless” when it comes to overseeing the large-scale puppy mill facilities in the mid-west. But, he said this bill could give New York some power back by cutting off the pipeline to New York pet store retailers.


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