Representatives of East End animal rescue groups, including the Hamptons Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), the Kent Animal Shelter and the Southampton Animal Foundation (SASF), met like-minded elected local officials at the East Hampton Adoption Center on Friday to call on the governor Kathy Hochul to sign New York’s “Puppy Mill Pipeline” legislation (S.1130/A 4283) that would ban the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.
The legislation, which the New York state legislature passed by a wide bipartisan margin this spring and has broad bipartisan support, is now on Governor Hoechhol’s office for signature.
The crux of the law lies in the fact that the majority of animals for sale in pet stores come from animal factories known for their inhumane actions. The animals sold often get sick as a result of poor breeding and will eventually cost buyers thousands in veterinary care. But beyond veterinary bills, of course, is the cost of treating animals very poorly.
The Puppy Mill Pipeline Act still allows pet stores to partner with area shelters and animal adoption rescues, and New Yorkers can also go directly to breeders to find pets of a particular breed.
ARF Hamptons, Kent, and SASF all say they all strongly support this law.
“Every puppy mill survivor who has been adopted from ARF over the years is a living protest against the cruelty and fraud of the pet retail trade whose practices are deliberately withheld from the public,” says Scott Howe, CEO and CEO of ARF. Adopters and employees know firsthand the extent of the abuse of these animals and the harm caused by the inhumane practices that underpin the pet retail trade.”
New Yorkers spoke through elected legislators in both houses. Pam Greene, director of the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton, said it was the will of the people for Governor Hochhol to sign this law.
Pat DeChung, CEO of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation in Hampton Bays, also urged the governor to sign the bill. “The puppy mills treat the animals like cash crops, they are confined to cramped, crowded cages with minimal shelter from inclement weather and no choice but to sit and sleep in their excrement,” she said.
Animals suffer from malnutrition or starvation due to inadequate or unhealthy food and water. Why would anyone on earth want to promote this inhumane treatment of animals? We urge everyone to adopt, not buy dogs or animals from these unfortunate circumstances. We work to rescue, rehabilitate and give the animals the life they deserve. Please help us help them!” She continued to plead. “Contact Governor Hochul and urge her to put an end to the animals (being) exposed to these conditions today.”
New York State Senator Anthony Palumbo was also present to show support for the bill, along with Senior Thalia, Legislative Assistant to Assemblyman Fred W. Thiel Jr., and East Hampton Town Deputy Superintendent Katie Burke-Gonzalez.
The legislation (S.1130/A.4283), passed by the Assembly in June and the Senate in May, was approved by Assemblyman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan and Senator Michael Giannaris of Astoria.
Governor Hochul has until the end of the year to sign the bill into law.
Rescue organizations and officials meeting Friday are encouraging New Yorkers to contact Governor Hochhol and urge her to sign the legislation, which should help suffering dogs, cats and rabbits across the state and beyond.
Riverhead Puppy Mel Ban
The town of Riverhead passed a similar law in October last year that also banned the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits (puppy mill). It was supposed to go into effect in January of this year, but was quickly thwarted in court by a pair of lawsuits from local pet retailers – Sportsman’s Kennels in Manorville and Puppy Experience in Aquebogue – which argued that the rules were too restrictive. Excessive and you will put it down. out of work. Last November, a judge issued an order temporarily barring enforcement of the law while the case is being considered.
It seems likely that the lawsuits would also follow Hochul’s signature on any such legislation, should it indeed choose to support the popular Puppy Mill Pipeline bill.
To find rescued dogs and cats in need of adoption, visit the local shelters listed above, including ARF Hamptons, arfhamptons.org; Southampton Shelter Animal Foundation, Southampton;animalshelter.com; Kent Animal Shelter, kentanimalshelter.com; Among other things.
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