Yesterday, New York Governor Hochul signed legislation to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at retail stores. The legislation is aimed to end the puppy mill-to-pet store pipeline and also stop abusive breeders.
“Dogs, cats and rabbits across New York deserve loving homes and humane treatment,” Governor Hochul said. “I’m proud to sign this legislation, which will make meaningful steps to cut down on harsh treatment and protect the welfare of animals across the state.”
The legislation is expected to take effect in the state beginning in 2024. The legislation will continue to allow pet stores to host adoption services in conjunction with animal shelters or rescue organizations to help connect New Yorkers with animals in need of a home.