Amid controversy caused by numerous pet stores, including allegations against Shake A Paw in Lynbrook, the New York State Senate approved legislation that would close the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in state pet stores in May. 11.
The bill has received support from major animal protection groups, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, the New York State Animal Protection Federation and many others. An accompanying bill was presented to the Assembly and is still under consideration by its Assembly Standing Orders Committee.
“Having one of the highest concentrations of pet stores in the nation that sell puppies, New York State must end the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill dogs in pet stores by finally adopting the New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill,” ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker said, according to a news release. “Closing the puppy mill pipeline will help prevent retail vendors and commercial breeders from engaging in and profiting from unconscionable brutality.”
According to the bill, out-of-state puppy mills ship their puppies to New York pet stores, where they are marketed as healthy puppies from responsible breeders. Puppies sold in pet stores usually come from commercial farms known as “puppy mills” which are designed to prioritize profit over animal welfare. Dogs in the facilities are often kept in wire-mesh crates without adequate shelter, veterinary care, food, or socialization. As a result, many of them suffer from serious health and behavioral issues – and families are often unprepared for the financial loss and heartache that comes with buying a sick puppy.
A new report detailing where NYC pet stores really get their puppies shows nearly half of puppies shipped to NYC pet stores arrive by truck from Missouri – home to the highest concentration of puppy mills in the United States. United.
The legislation comes amid claims by some customers at Shake A Paw stores in Lynbrook and Hicksville that the companies knowingly sold sick dogs and bought them from puppy mills. Last month, a Nassau County judge overturned a ban on Shake A Paw stores from selling new puppies imposed by state Attorney General Letitia James.
In a lawsuit against the stores that led to the three-month ban, James described the source of Shake A Paw’s animals as puppy mills, despite customers being told the dogs were from legitimate breeders. According to James, many of the puppies had serious health issues, including pneumonia, respiratory issues, infections and birth defects. Several had parasites.
Shake A Paw Vice President Marc Jacobs said after the ban was lifted his companies had helped satisfy more than 80,000 customers by pairing them with new dogs throughout their 28-year history. , and that the State Department of Agriculture and Markets had consistently found its two stores to be in compliance during spot checks.
“Shake A Paw only acquires puppies from licensed, legal breeders,” Jacobs said in a statement, “and has never knowingly sold a sick puppy. As required by law and in accordance with the wishes of the owner, in the rare event that a pup sold has become ill, Shake A Paw will reimburse veterinary costs up to the sale price, issue a full refund, or exchange the pup for another.