Associated Press: Lawmakers in Albany look to stop pet stores from selling pets from large commercial breeders

Originally published in Associated Press on March 11, 2019.

Two Democratic state lawmakers from New York City are pushing to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits from large commercial breeders.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan would require pet retailers to obtain their animals from licensed rescue shelters or human societies.

The rescue organization would retain ownership of the animal if it isn't adopted.

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