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

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

Update—July 21, 2020: The Senate version of this bill passed overwhelmingly (48-12) this afternoon! While this is a major win, we still need the Assembly to pass its version. If you live in New York, don't delay: contact your assemblymember now! See action steps below.

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. 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 assemblymember. The email urges them to support A.6298-A to keep cruel, out-of-state puppy mills from profiting in New York.

Thank you, New York.