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    Posted by: Joseph Spector

    The state Legislature has passed a bill that would seek to cut down on so-called “puppy mills” by toughening laws on pet dealers.

    Pet dealers would have to to designate a veterinarian for their facilities and adhere to more stringent standards of care, said Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, who sponsored the bill.

    Ball and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R–Schenectady, today hosted the 2nd annual Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol.

    “Many people throughout New York state have been affected by puppy mills. I am happy to be the sponsor of this bill that will now protect these animals and their owners,” Ball said in a statement.

    The bill was also approved by the Assembly, and now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

    The Senate and Assembly have also agreed to a ban on people owning, selling, or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia. That too will head to Cuomo’s desk. (ARTICLE)