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NY Update: Ask Governor Cuomo to Veto Pet Dealer Legislation

(Friday, October 18, 2013)
Two bills have passed the New York Assembly and Senate that may be of concern to those defined as “pet dealers” in the state. New York residents are encouraged to contact Governor Cuomo to express concerns and ask that he veto these measures.

Summary:

Assembly Bill 740 and Senate Bill 3753 clarify that counties and municipalities may enact laws, rules, and regulations governing “pet dealers” (defined in current law as those who sell 9 or more dogs/year. (Breeders who raise fewer than 25 dogs/year on their residential premises are exempt.) Under this proposal, such regulations could not be less stringent than state law. If they are more stringent, it would be incumbent on the local government to enforce that law.

The bills would also allow municipalities to enact local laws and regulations governing pet dealers, including laws that address “the source of animals offered for sale by pet dealers”, whether spaying/neutering should be required prior to sales by pet dealers, and regulations concerning “the health and safety of animals maintained by pet dealers.”

The AKC is concerned that this could allow for strict, burdensome, unnecessary new laws for those who meet the definition of “pet dealers”. It would also create a problematic patchwork of varying local laws that will be difficult to enforce.

Contacting the Governor:

These bills could be transmitted to the governor at any time. New York residents wishing to contact the governor to ask for a veto may do so in one of the following ways:

Phone: (518) 474-8390

E-mail Form: http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php

Mail:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) continues to monitor this legislation. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.