For years, municipalities in New York have been banned from regulating unscrupulous pet dealers within their communities, but today, Governor Cuomo has lifted this decade old preemption, allowing municipalities to regulate pet dealers within their communities.
While this is a victory for dogs and cats in New York, this does not mean it is safe to buy animals from pet dealers in New York State. The USDA’s Animal Welfare Act remains weak and underenforced, and due to the new presidential administration, enforcement actions are no longer transparent to the public.
Please continue to adopt. Don’t shop.