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Suffolk Legislature Set to Vote on Bill Banning Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs

Shelley is available for adoption at Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
Shelley is available for adoption at Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons

Suffolk County Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Suffolk County Legis. William Spencer will hold a press conference next Tuesday in Hauppauge with members of various animal advocacy groups and pet store owners to show support for legislation prohibiting the sale of puppy mill dogs in Suffolk County.

A vote on the bill is expected at the County Legislature’s meeting on the same day. 

The press conference is to announce that the local law, Introductory Resolution 1047-14, created to regulate pet dealers and pet stores in Suffolk County, will go to a public hearing in front of all 18 Suffolk County legislators for a final vote. The bill was approved unanimously by the Government Operations, Personnel, Housing and Consumer Protection Committee on Wednesday. 

Sara Davison, executive Director of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, praised the bill, which will still need to be signed by County Executive Steve Bellone if the legislature approves it. 

"What it means once the bill is implemented is that people will be better educated about where the puppies they are buying from the nine Suffolk County pet shops that sell puppy mill puppies come from and how they are bred under deeply inhumane conditions," Davison said. 

Davison went on to explain the mechanism by which the legislation would be implemented. 

“The puppy cages will have cards. Pet stores will only be able to order puppies from dealers without United States Department of Agriculture violations. It will limit the violations breeders eligible to sell puppies make and make it much more difficult to find dealers without one or more recurring indirect violations or to buy from breeders with a direct violation in the last two years.”

If you are considering adding a puppy to your household why not think about adopting one from one of the excellent animal rescue foundations located throughout Suffolk County including:

The Kent Adoption Center 

The Southampton Animal Shelter 

Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons 

The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter 

The Suffolk County SPCA 

The North Fork Animal Welfare League 

Southold Animal Shelter 


Frank Esposito May 31, 2014 at 07:38 AM
No Archie, just not a narrow focus, narrow minded - blind one tracker.. I'm able to think across borders, political, ideological, and conceptual lines. I understand how that can seem like a phony to you and I'm sorry for that.
brookhavenconfucius May 31, 2014 at 09:17 AM
New Guy, An old tried and True tactic, but you see Towns want THE WHOLE ENCHILADA ! These FAKE 'ANIMAL SHELTERS' ARE A NEW MONEY MAKING SCAM for Towns, HIDDEN BEHIND THEIR 'NOT FOR PROFIT' skirt, and 'distance'...IF YOU GET MY DRIFT ! IT'S ABOUT HIDING A PROFITABLE WEENIE !
christie nicolle May 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM
brookhaven, that made me laugh - "cute doggie picture". Ha!
Archie June 03, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Frank, you are one of the most narrowed minded "individuals" on here. Don't think your that smart either because your views are ignorant.
Richard June 26, 2014 at 04:17 PM
need to shut down these puppy mills

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