The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill S.7268A, that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) joined his colleagues in the Senate for a discussion and vote on this bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.
Senator Golden stated, “As a dog owner, I am proud to have supported this important legislation that will improve the standards of care that must be followed by pet dealers to improve the health, safety and well-being of the animals. Dogs and cats that are sold by some pet stores receive inadequate exercise, veterinary care, and protection from the spread of disease. This will protect pets and help to make sure that consumers will receive healthy animals that they can care for, love and respect."
This legislation will provide that any licensed pet dealer must:
· Designate a veterinarian to care for the animals at the facility, who will be available for emergency, weekend and holiday care, as well as regular visitation;
· Develop a program to prevent, control and respond to diseases and injuries;
· Provide an isolation area for animals that exhibit symptoms of contagious disease or illness in order to prevent or reduce the spread of disease to healthy animals;
· Designate an employee to provide daily observation of all animals to assess their health and well-being;
· Maintain a daily exercise plan for dogs;
· Vaccinate as required by the state or local law all animals;
· Not sell any animal that has been diagnosed with a congenital condition or contagious disease.
The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.