Governor Hochul Signs Bill Closing New York Puppy Mill Pipeline (Guest Opinion by Marcia Tupper)

Marcia Tupper is president of Fixing to Help, CNY Spay/Neuter Incentive Program Inc., based in Manlius.

Dear Governor Hochul and dear CNY neighbors,

If you want your own pup, one of New York’s more than 80 pet stores selling dogs is just down the street. You can actually play with the adorable wigglebutt before you sign on the dotted line.

With 25 breeds to choose from and a special financing plan for your $2,700 pup, how can you lose?

But here’s the thing.

Your precious furry baby came from a puppy mill. Responsible breeders do not sell to pet stores. They carefully meet and select potential buyers.

New York is one of the nation’s largest markets for puppy mills. Our pet stores provide good coverage for grinders.

Governor Kathy Hochul can end this shameful traffic in innocent puppies simply by signing into law the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill (A4283/S1130). Please urge her to do so.

That’s what the pet stores don’t mention.

The mom of your adorable pup was raised through every heat cycle with no time to rest between litters.

Whether her filthy kennel has a real floor or just a feces-crusted, metal-bottomed crate, chances are she’s never come out to smell the grass under her raw paws.

Non-stop pregnancies or untreated illnesses will grind her down until she is euthanized. Many factories do not practice humane euthanasia. A shooting or drowning could be his fate, according to the Puppy Mill Project.

It’s cruelty to animals.

Tell Hochul the only human choice is to sign the puppy mill pipeline bill. This would prevent the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores in New York State.

If the bill dies, so will the suffering mill dogs, cats and rabbits

Selling dogs in pet stores has a hidden cost.

  • Behavioral issues: According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, puppies from puppy mills/pet stores showed greater aggression toward other dogs and people, even family members, and had more separation anxiety and soiling issues. servants.
  • Drug-resistant disease in humans: AMVA has also found dangerous drug-resistant strains of Campylobacter jejuni associated with pet store puppies. C.jejuni escapes treatment and continues to cause illness among customers, employees, and others who encounter pet store puppies.
  • Sick puppies: The horrible conditions in puppy mills can lead to undiagnosed illnesses that can be passed on to other pets and humans. Buyers can face bigger vet bills or even the death of a puppy. Over time, serious birth conditions can develop, resulting from poor plant husbandry practices, says the Humane Society of the United States.
  • Poor protection for pets on farms The US Department of Agriculture’s standards of care are pitiful. They do not require regular veterinary care or vaccination against many highly infectious deadly diseases.

Commercial breeders may imprison dogs in cramped, stacked wire cages for their entire lives. Plant employees without veterinary training can perform surgical deliveries. Mothers and babies are separated far too soon.

What is a pet store for?

· Business in large and small pet stores that do not sell dogs, cats or rabbits is booming. Many enterprising stores feature rescue and shelter pets for adoption. Some offer grooming, health and/or training services.

· In 2021, consumers purchased over $1.23 billion worth of pet supplies, products and medications. Previous reports show that only 1-2% of pet store purchases are for companion animals. This number also includes exotic species, fish and birds, according to the American Pet Products Association.

The pet store business is thriving without the peddling of dogs, cats and rabbits.

This bill would allow New York to join “more than 350 cities, local governments and states across the country that have enacted bans on the sale of animals in pet stores,” says the New York City Bar.

Please urge Hochul to sign the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill (A4283/S1130) today.

There is no other human choice.

Related: Congress Must Act to Stop Puppy Mills That Abuse Animals (Your Letters)

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