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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, December 23 prior to the possible signing of a number of measures. The agenda includes the legislation recently passed by the New York City Council that would, among other provisions, require all pet shops to sterilize dogs prior to sale- regardless of the dog’s age or health. Pet shops would also be prohibited from obtaining dogs from Class B dealers, even if the dealers are determined to be humane.

New York City residents and pet sellers are encouraged to contact Mayor de Blasio and ask him to support the health and wellbeing of dogs by vetoing Files 136 and 55.

The mayor may be contacted online here.

Read AKC’s previous legislative alert for more information and talking points.

Residents may also consider attending the public hearing:

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: New York City Hall, Blue Room

*If you are planning to attend, please contact AKC Government Relations at (919) 816-3720 or

AKC Government Relations continues to work with city officials to address concerns with these measures.