New York may soon become a sanctuary state for our four legged friends.
Lawmakers are renewing their efforts to ban cruel puppy farms from operating statewide, introducing legislation that would prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats and bunnies from unregulated breeding facilities.
“Sopranos” actress and lifelong New Yorker Edie Falco is joining the fight, fronting the campaign with her pup Sami, a puppy mill survivor.
If the bill passes, pet stores will be encouraged to build relationships with rescue organizations and shelters to promote pets that are up for adoption. Similar measures have been passed in Maryland and California.
New York has one of the highest concentrations of puppy-selling pet stores in the country, with about 2,000 puppies for sale in pet stores statewide at any given time.
Similar legislation introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) stalled last year in the Republican-controlled Senate.
But renewed efforts are gaining momentum, with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal backing Gianaris and sponsoring the bill.
“At a time where there are healthy and loving pets waiting to be adopted from animal shelters statewide, there is simply no reason to allow the sale of puppy mill animals,” Gianaris wrote in his bill.
“Puppy mill animals are mistreated from birth, and often develop behavioral or physical health problems later in life despite their high price tags.”
In 2017, a chic pet store in Chelsea was accused of selling sick puppies with advanced pneumonia and protruding ribs for $4,000 apiece.
The lawmakers will be joined by Fulco and Sami when they visit an ASPCA adoption center on Friday, calling for New Yorkers to take a stand against puppy mill cruelty.
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