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Senator Ken LaValle Strengthens New York State "Pet Dealer" Law With New "Puppy Mill" Legislation

Nicole Barylski

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A puppy that Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri. (Photo: Sole Riley)

"As a dog owner, myself, I understand the love and affection pets bring to our lives," noted Senator Ken LaValle. "Innocent animals should never be subjected to the horrendous conditions that exist in breeders' facilitates."

While New York State does have a "pet dealer" law to regulate dog breeders' methods, the Senator felt it wasn't tough enough to end unregulated puppy mills. With the new LaValle sponsored "puppy mill" legislation which is now in effect, localities will be able to take stronger action without delay, to aid and guard animals with the hopes of ending the appalling living conditions.

"I am hopeful that local governments now take the lead in enacting resolutions to stringently regulate and license pet dealers, so the reputable breeders can continue to supply healthy, happy dogs and cats to families," said Senator LaValle. "This legislation sends a strong message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in this state."

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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Guest (Mary Ellen Armstrong) from Garden City, Long Island says::
I applaud Senator LaValle's efforts... Puppy Mills are more of a problem than most people realize... Many reputable breeders suffer because of the bad press regarding the negligence and horror that puppy mills are responsible for...
Jan 17, 2014 5:43 pm


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