New York: Time Is Running Out to Get Puppy Mill Cruelty Out of Pet Shops!

NY A.6298-A/S.4234-A—End the Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Senator Michael Gianaris; Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

Update—July 9, 2020: State lawmakers will reconvene next week for what could be the final session of 2020 and the last chance to end the retail sale of dogs in New York, which would shut down the puppy mill pipeline for good. They need to hear from New Yorkers like you now!

Right now, there are over 2,000 puppies for sale in New York pet stores. Most of these dogs got there through a pipeline of out-of-state breeders and middlemen who ship animals from puppy mills to stores in our communities. It’s a cruel and broken system made possible because in New York State it’s still legal to sell dogs in pet stores.

If you’ve never seen a puppy mill, that’s because the commercial dog breeding industry really doesn’t want you to. Imagine dogs living in cramped cages being bred over and over, many of them never knowing the joys of playtime or human affection. Shutting down the puppy mill pipeline will stop commercial breeders from selling puppies in New York pet stores—and make it harder for them to profit from cruelty.

What You Can Do

1. If you live in New York, the most important action you can take is to call your state assemblymember right now. Please call their district office (the office in your town) rather than their Albany office, if possible. Not sure who represents you in the NY Assembly? You can use the ASPCA Legislator Lookup Tool to find them.

2. After you make your call, follow up by using the form below to email your state legislators. The email urges them to support A.6298-A/S.4234-A to keep cruel, out-of-state puppy mills from profiting in New York.

Thank you, New York.