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New Law Calls For Puppy Mill Crackdown

Central New York animal advocates are celebrating a victory. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law to help crack-down on inhumane pet dealers and puppy mills.
Central New York animal advocates are celebrating a victory. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law to help crack-down on inhumane pet dealers and puppy mills.
The bill was signed into law on Friday and lawmakers began their session Monday. The new law gives flexibility and power to local governments to regulate puppy mills and pet dealers. Central New Yorkers say this is certainly a start in the fight against animal cruelty.
"It’s a step in the right direction," says Linda Glover.
Glover is retired and now devotes her time to the local animal activist group Lainey’s Army. When she heard about the pet dealer bill sitting on the governor's desk, she immediately took action.
"Well, I called a few times and left some messages and also talked to one of his assistants just asking him to please help the animals and sign the bill," said Glover.
And that he did, giving municipalities control over laws against puppy mills.
"This is a huge victory, the governor has taken and put the control of puppy mills into the town so, in places where we have fought puppy mills, now the towns actually have the ability to say no, we don't want this in our town,” said Kimberly Strong, Founder of Lainey’s Army.
Strong says the next step is for local governments to outlaw puppy mills completely.
"We want to make laws that prevent this, that allow good breeders and breeders that are responsible and reputable but the people who throw the dogs in cages and treat them horribly, we're not going to allow that in our towns," says Strong.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says the community played a significant role in helping to get the bill signed. The Governor's office was flooded with phone calls, emails, and hand-written letters from Central New Yorkers. Which is exactly what people were encouraged to do at the open forum on animal abuse last month.
"Well, when thousands of calls started coming into his office, he really didn't have a choice but to say ‘yep, we're going to give the power back to the people of New York,” said Strong.
"I think this is a big step forward to big change for everybody with animals, especially for those people who are animal lovers,” said Theresa Jaquish from Frankfort.
Local lawmakers say the legislation will take effect in about 60 days.

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