Last week, New York City enacted new laws to stop the sale of puppy mill dogs. Thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio's leadership and the leadership of the City Council, all dogs sold in NYC must come from reputable sources, not puppy mills that violate federal standards of care. Of course, why go to a pet store when there are so many wonderful pets ready to be adopted from the shelters? Nevertheless, this new law is a step in the right direction to crack down on the puppy mill pipeline to NYC.
That's going to ensure pets purchased here don't come from "puppy mills" and weren't subject to such cruelty. On behalf of those pets, let the New York City Council know you appreciate their work.
Far too often, breeders give no regard to the health and well-being of the dogs they are raising. In these puppy mills, female dogs are kept in narrow wire cages, forced to bear litter after litter without any break to recover their health. The wire floors of the cages hurt their paws and legs and after a mother can no longer have puppies, whether because of age or because of poor health due to the confined, unnatural conditions, the dog is often killed.
The puppies don't fare better, either. They're often ripped away from their mothers at an early age and sold to unsuspecting pet owners. Many become ill or have other health problems because of their cruel upbringing. Their owners buy them from stores that deceive customers into believing that the store is "puppy mill free." And then their owners are saddled with sick dogs and expensive health bills because they didn't know their beloved family dog came from a puppy mill.
But not any more.
Breeders with some of the most egregious violations will be banned from selling their animals in NYC, period. And the store will be required to provide the breeder's inspection information so that potential pet owners will know for sure that their new dog did NOT come from a puppy mill.
That's not all, though. The new law will also require legitimate stores to care for the pets they sell. Dogs and cats sold in New York will have to be spay/neutered and microchipped. Dogs will also be licensed before being sold. That means it'll be much easier to reunite lost pets with their owners and reduce pet homelessness. Stores will be banned from selling dogs and cats to anyone convicted of animal abuse, keeping animals safe. These are big steps for animal protection.
We have to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council for protecting puppies in New York City. Let the Council Members hear your appreciation!
For all NYC animals,