New legislation helps fight puppy mills

Frank Reich & Peyton Manning

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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