New Legislation Aimed at Ending Puppy Mill to Pet Store Cycle


The horrors of puppy mills have been highlighted in the media for the last several years. A new bill which was recently introduced to the New York legislature is aimed at ending the abuse that puppies, kittens, and bunnies face at the inhumane mills, and the heart break that new pet parents can face when they purchase a new pet only to discover that it is very ill.


If the bill is passed, New York would be the third state, following California and Maryland, to enact such protections to pets and pet parents. Specifically, the bill would prohibit pet store owners in New York from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits, as most often these animals are bred at mills with abusive, dirty, and inhumane conditions. Currently, the bill’s status reflects that it is undergoing committee process and was referred to the Domestic Animal Welfare Committee.

While New York State offers the protection of the “Pet Lemon Law”, the new legislation would strengthen that law, in addition to cracking down on the unhealthy and terrible conditions at the mills by promoting pet stores to foster relationships instead with local animal shelters.


If you have purchased a dog or cat that is sick, you may have a legal right to a refund and/or veterinary costs among other remedies, depending upon the type of illness and how many days have passed since the pet was purchased. It is best to consult with an attorney concerning the facts of your situation and what remedies may be available to you.


Contact the Law Office of Jessica M. Semins to schedule an appointment for a consultation concerning your Animal Law Matter by calling (646) 397-6844. Consultations are by appointment only. The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins has offices in Manhattan and Melville, Long Island for clients’ convenience.


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