Yesterday, the New York Senate passed a bill that would limit pet choice and restrict pet stores to only showcasing dogs sourced from rescues that are not affiliated with breeders.
Now, both Senate Bill 1130 and its companion, Assembly Bill 4283, are pending in the Assembly Codes Committee, where they could be considered at any time.
Even if you would not personally source to a pet store, it is critical that New York lawmakers understand that pet choice should not be limited. These bills will effectively remove consumer protections and force pet stores to only provide dogs from unregulated sources. Individuals who lack the resources or do not have access to private hobby breeders will be the most directly impacted. View AKC’s previous alert and visit www.akcgr.org/petchoice for talking points and more information.
What You Can Do:
These bills could be considered very soon, and we urge New York dog owners to do the following:
Contact Your State Assemblyperson TODAY and ask them to not support Assembly Bill 4283 or Senate Bill 1130. Visit our Legislative Action Center and type your zip code in the “Find Officials” tool on the left side of the screen to find the name and contact information for your State Assemblyperson.
Contact the members of the Assembly Codes Committee TODAY. Ask them to not support Assembly Bill 4283 or Senate Bill 1130. If you are a constituent of a committee member, use the form provided to directly contact them. Otherwise, use the following contact information:
Jeffrey Dinowitz (Chair- Bronx)
Thomas Abinanti (Tarrytown)
Vivian Cook (Jamaica)
Catalina Cruz (Corona)
Steven Cymbrowitz (Brooklyn)
Patricia Fahy (Albany)
Joseph Giglio (Olean)
Andrew Hevesi (Forest Hills)
Charles Lavine (Glen Cove)
John Mikulin (East Meadow)
Michael Montesano (Hicksville)
Angelo Morinello (Niagara Falls)
Daniel O’Donnell (Manhattan)
- Nick Perry (Brooklyn)
- Gary Pretlow (Mount Vernon)
Michael Reilly (Staten Island)
Linda Rosenthal (Manhattan)
Rebecca Seawright (New York City)
Michael Tannousis (Staten Island)
Clyde Vanel (Queens Village)
Latrice Walker (Brooklyn)
David Weprin (Fresh Meadows)
For questions on this legislation, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at email@example.com.