(Long Island, NY) The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R-C, Patterson), that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.

“Many  people throughout New York State have been negatively affected by  purchasing  cats and dogs from pet dealers who purchase from breeding mills,  commonly known as puppy mills. I am happy to be the sponsor of this bill  that  will  now protect these animals and their owners,” said Senator Ball.  “I’ve  had constituents whose families have suffered through extreme emotional and fiscal costs, while these businesses make high profits. It is my  belief  that government should stay out of the way of small businesses, but when they harm animals and families, it’s time to intervene.”

Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease.

“This bill provides improved standards of care that must be followed by pet dealers to improve the health, safety and well-being of the animals,” said Senate Majority Leader Dean G, Skelos. “Not only will this protect pets, but it also increases the likelihood that consumers will receive healthy animals.”

This legislation will provide that any licensed pet dealer must:

  • Designate a veterinarian to care for the animals at the facility, who will be available for emergency, weekend and holiday care, as well as regular visitation;
  • Develop  a  program  to prevent, control and respond to diseases and injuries;
  • Provide  an  isolation  area  for  animals  that exhibit symptoms of contagious  disease  or  illness  in  order  to prevent or reduce the spread of disease to healthy animals;
  • Designate an employee to provide daily observation of all animals to assess their health and well-being;
  • Maintain a daily exercise plan for dogs;
  • Vaccinate as required by the state or local law all animals;
  • Not  sell  any  animal  that  has  been  diagnosed with a congenital condition or contagious disease.

Senator Ball has taken up legislation that would improve the health of pets sold in stores after hearing the story of Charlemagne, a puppy purchased in a pet store in 2003. The dog’s owner, Lorianne Pagano, of Amityville, NY, discovered multiple health problems in Charlemagne shortly after she brought him home. After many visits to the veterinarian and thousands of dollars spent, Charlemagne ultimately succumbed to his health problems in 2007. Pagano has worked to shed light on some of the problems with pet stores and puppy mill dogs.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration. (ARTICLE)

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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