NYS Legislature passes Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill banning dog, cat sales in pet stores
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York State Assembly passed a bill banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores on Friday.
According to WENY-TV's media partner The Star Gazette, the Senate approved the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill earlier this year. It now waits to be signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill makes it illegal for pet retailers to sell commercially-bred dogs, cats and rabbits that come from out-of-state “mills.” At those locations, the animals were subjected to poor treatment and abuse, such as lack of veterinary care, overcrowding and overbreeding.
The bill comes after The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) claimed New York had one of the biggest puppy mill industry markets.
Once the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill is signed into law, New York will join five other states who prohibit the sale of puppies in pet stores.