Pet stores might soon be a thing of the past, and that’s a good thing.
As of May 5, 2021 the New York State Senate passed bill S.1130 that will effectively shut down the puppy mill pipeline and “prohibits the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by retail pet shops.”
While glancing into a pet shop window might give you the warm and fuzzies the reality is anything but. Most times, pet stores are supplied by commercial dog breeding facilities, commonly known as puppy mills. They fly dogs in from all over the United States where they are treated as products, not pets. “Puppy mills care about profit over the wellbeing of the dogs,” Director of Animal Relations at the Southampton Animal Shelter, Kate McEntee said.
These animals are socially isolated, living in confined conditions with limited food or veterinary care. Their mothers are therein the machines, forced to reproduce more “product” for sales, until their bodies can no longer take it and shut down. As a result, high-volume and mistreatment causes medical and behavioral issues in the mothers and their offspring.
McEntee continued, “This bill will help end puppy mills by outlawing the retail of pets in stores and help promote the adoption of rescue and shelter pets. With so many pets in shelters that need homes, there is no reason we should be breeding more of them. This is a great step in the right direction.”
Now that the NYS Senate has passed S.1130, introduced by Senate Deputy Leader, Michael Gianaris, it will go to the NYS Assembly before landing on the desk of Governor Cuomo to be signed and become state law.
As a longtime volunteer and events committee member of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, I’ve witnessed puppy mill rescues firsthand, as they arrive scared, shaking. You can see the fear in their eyes dissipate as a sense of relief sets in. If bill S.1130 becomes state law it will ensure the humane treatment of those many of us call family, our pets.