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NY State Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I – Mineola) has taken a tough stand against animal cruelty. He is the author of several bills designed to prevent and punish crimes against animals. The Humane Society recognized his continuing efforts, which includes developing legislation to strictly regulate puppy mills and other forms of cruelty and abuse in an effort to protect animals from needless violence and harm.
Senator Martins is now sponsoring Senate bill 4799, which will improve the living conditions for dogs housed by pet dealers. It amends the existing definition of “pet dealer” to include wholesalers; enables localities to inspect pet dealers; and requires the Commissioner of th State Department of Agriculture and Markets to revoke a pet dealer’s license if it is determined that the health, safety or welfare of animals is being jeopardized in any way.
Senator Martins said that the horrific suffering in puppy mills was routinely overlooked by USDA inspectors and that their inspection process was wholly ineffective against problematic dealers.
“These ‘puppy mills’ have escaped proper inspection and oversight by local counties and cities due to significant problems in the current law,” said Senator Martins. “For example, there is a loophole in the way we currently define pet dealers, which as it stands now, refers only to those breeders who sell directly to the public, and ignores those who sell animals wholesale to pet stores or brokers.Additionally, the current definition is based on the number of animals a dealer sells, which opens the door to skirting inspections because they can claim they have had inadequate sales. This bill would close that loophole and also enable localities to fund these inspections by imposing an inspection fee.”
The bill also requires that all dogs older than six months have constant and unfettered access to an indoor enclosure; that all dogs receive sufficient indoor space to turn in a complete circle; that all dogs have enough indoor space to lie down and fully extend their limbs; that each dog has at least twelve feet of indoor floor space. It also requires the removal of waste material from primary enclosures at least once per day, and the thorough cleaning of primary enclosures with sterilizing agents at least once per week.


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