New legislation helps fight puppy mills

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Legislation sponsored by a local state senator will help strengthen oversight of pet dealers across the state and help prevent puppy mills from operating.

Sen. Mark Grisanti crafted a bill that would allow municipalities to adopt more stringent local laws pertaining to animal care by pet dealers. Currently, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets is responsible for enforcing existing state laws. Under the legislation, if a local law is enacted, enforcement would become the municipality’s responsibility.

“I am pleased my bill was signed into law and I thank Governor Cuomo for helping get these new regulations on the books. I also want to thank all of the animal rights advocates and anyone else who called or e-mailed or shared information with me about how to better regulate animal breeders and pet store owners. Their experience and expertise helped us draft this legislation. I look forward to continuing to work to make New York one of the best states in the nation when it comes to identifying and fighting animal cruelty,” Grisanti said.

There have been a number of animal abuse cases across Western New York in recent years. Last November, a Buffalo man was accused of brutally beating a dog to death, and later, protesters gathered outside the man’s home and demanded action.

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