Some Progress On Protecting Animals
There is some good news coming from Upstate New York in regards to a situation at a puppy mill in Sprakers in Montgomery County, where Collies and other dogs had been left out in the bitter cold. Thanks to the efforts of NYS Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and many animal rights advocates, the Court has ordered seizure of most of the dogs at the site and the owner has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of failing to provide adequate shelter for the dogs.
The court has ordered that all remaining dogs must stay inside during the cold weather. The owner has two weeks to upgrade the living conditions.
Assemblyman Tedisco says, “This goes to show that in our representative democracy, the most powerful voices are not the officials in government but the citizens who by the thousands have contacted my office, law enforcement and the media and demanded that something be done to protect the Sprakers Collies.”
While the court decision is a good first step, much more needs to be done to protect the animals permanently, not just in Montgomery County, but all across New York State. We know that there are many more puppy mills out there that are operating in immoral and unethical ways. That’s why it’s so important for you and anyone you know to contact the Governor ASAP at (518) 474-8390 and tell him to sign the puppy mill bill (A.740A/S3753A) which is currently on his desk.
This bill, which is co-sponsored by Tedisco, was one of the priorities for NYS Animal Advocacy Day. It enables local governments to regulate puppy mills and pet dealers. If the state refuses to protect those who have no voice then our local governments should have the ability to stop these puppy mills which keep our four-legged friends in such deplorable conditions.
I want to personally thank my friend, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and all of the advocates and caring folks that chose to take action and got the courts to step in to protect these helpless animals. It’s time for the Governor to do the same.
Dean Murray, Publisher
Long Island Pet Lover