NY lawmakers consider bill to ban sales of dogs, cats, rabbits at pet stores

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2020, 5:34 PM

Updated 1,565 days ago

Share:

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores.
Pet stores would only be allowed to sell items such as food, supplies and pet toys.
The stores would also be allowed to feature animals from shelters in the stores. The customer would just pay an adoption fee.
Supporters argue that many of the puppy mills that supply stores are selling unhealthy animals.
Pet store owners are among those fighting the bill, which was also proposed but not approved last year in Albany.
Demonstrators gathered outside the Syosset office of state Sen. Jim Gaughran, who they want to announce his support for the bill. Gaughran says he's still reviewing it.

Opponents of the bill say people should have the option of whether to buy or adopt their pets. They say the bill won't put an end to unscrupulous puppy mills and that it will only put pet stores out of business.
The proposal was voted out of committee in the state Senate Monday, meaning it could be voted on by the full Senate sometime before the current session ends in June. The bill also has a sponsor in the state Assembly.
 


More from News 12
0:32
Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

2:02
Mostly cloudy skies, cool temperatures and possible stray shower on Long Island

Mostly cloudy skies, cool temperatures and possible stray shower on Long Island

2:28
How did a Nassau County doctor overprescribe highly addictive pain pills, despite strict laws in place?

How did a Nassau County doctor overprescribe highly addictive pain pills, despite strict laws in place?

1:46
Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head

Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head

0:26
Principal: Student approached by van full of men in ski masks in Selden

Principal: Student approached by van full of men in ski masks in Selden

1:39
Montauk Music Festival rocks the East End

Montauk Music Festival rocks the East End

2:06
Homeowners asked to check home security video after string of Nassau County break-ins

Homeowners asked to check home security video after string of Nassau County break-ins

0:24
Police: Hempstead man exposed, touched himself inappropriately at Roosevelt Field Mall

Police: Hempstead man exposed, touched himself inappropriately at Roosevelt Field Mall

0:51
Plainview-Old Bethpage hosts basketball team from Israel impacted by Oct. 7 attacks

Plainview-Old Bethpage hosts basketball team from Israel impacted by Oct. 7 attacks

1:24
Nassau County high school seniors take part in aerial simulation exercise

Nassau County high school seniors take part in aerial simulation exercise

1:53
Toys for Tots make contribution to Promise of Hope Foundation to honor fallen Detective Jonathan Diller

Toys for Tots make contribution to Promise of Hope Foundation to honor fallen Detective Jonathan Diller

2:29
Museum of American Armor hosting 10th anniversary of World War II Encampment weekend

Museum of American Armor hosting 10th anniversary of World War II Encampment weekend

0:40
Town of Hempstead launches rain barrel pilot program in five town parks

Town of Hempstead launches rain barrel pilot program in five town parks

1:55
12-year-old prodigy set to become Malverne High School’s youngest graduate

12-year-old prodigy set to become Malverne High School’s youngest graduate

0:24
Police: 2 men arrested for stealing copper wire, burglarizing Jericho business

Police: 2 men arrested for stealing copper wire, burglarizing Jericho business

0:23
FDA approves first self-test for cervical cancer

FDA approves first self-test for cervical cancer

1:08
East End: Kick off party to the summer showcasing the beauty of the region

East End: Kick off party to the summer showcasing the beauty of the region

1:07
The East End: Calissa in Water Mill

The East End: Calissa in Water Mill

1:36
The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

1:19
Nassau County doctor convicted of illegally prescribing around 93,000 mg of oxycodone to 1 patient

Nassau County doctor convicted of illegally prescribing around 93,000 mg of oxycodone to 1 patient