Governor Cuomo Signs Enhanced Guidelines for New York Pet Dealers
Enhancements are about to go into effect for pet dealers in New York State to guarantee the health and safety for companion animals waiting to be sold.
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation August 8 to increase standards for the care of pets waiting for homes, enhancing guidelines for hygiene, veterinary exams, lighting and grooming for all pet dealers.
In addition to requiring daily cleaning of enclosures and food dishes, regular grooming and veterinary care, the new law designates separate spaces must be provided for pregnant dogs to allow for nursing and care for a litter.
In signing the measure, Cuomo said, "If pet dealers are going to profit from the sale of living animals, they should at the very least adhere to basic standards of decency and care."
The law, that takes effect in 90 days, does not affect "backyard breeders" or non-profit shelters.