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NY Update: Ask Governor Cuomo to Veto Pet Dealer Legislation

(Tuesday, December 10, 2013)
Two bills pending in New York may be of concern to those defined as “pet dealers” in the state. AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) has learned that Governor Cuomo has not heard much opposition to Assembly Bill 740 and Senate Bill 3753, which would allow municipalities to create regulations for “pet dealers” that are more strict than state law.

New York residents are strongly encouraged to contact Governor Cuomo and respectfully ask that he veto these measures that could create new, unnecessary and confusing regulations on those who meet the definition of “pet dealer” in New York. Scroll down for contact information.

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:

Other bills relating to animals have been transmitted to the governor and it is possible these could be on the governor’s desk any day. AKC GR understands that some previous requests for a veto were not received by the governor’s office. Even if you have previously sent a letter, please consider doing so again and sending a copy to AKC GR at doglaw@akc.org. AKC and the Associated Dog Clubs of New York State will be monitoring these requests to ensure they are received by Governor Cuomo’s office.

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.