HAUPPAGUE - Lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution to make Suffolk County the first in New York state to regulate the sale of puppies from puppy mills.
Legislator Jay Schneiderman, one of the sponsors of the bill, says once signed into law by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the measure will be enforced by the Consumer Affairs Department.
“It’s long overdue,” he says. “It’s time we put an end to this despicable practice and industry that treats these animals so poorly.”
The legislation will require pet dealers to show where they purchased their animals, or face a $500 fine per animal.
Some of the Suffolk pet shop owners News 12 spoke with support the legislation that regulates pet dealers.
“The message to pet dealers is we are no longer going to stand idly by and watch them put profit over the suffering of animals,” said Pam Green, of Kent Animal Shelter.
Once signed into law, the resolution will go into effect this fall. It will also require a yearly inspection of each Suffolk County pet store.