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NYC councilman wants pet shop crackdown on puppy, kitty mills

September 25, 2018 - 6:25 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City council member Justin Brannan, a Democrat who represents part of Brooklyn, said he's planning to introduce a bill later this fall requiring pet shops in the city to only sell dogs and cats obtained from rescue group and animal shelters.

It's similar to a statewide measure introduced earlier this year that's been stuck in the Senate.

"The state bill is great, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere,” Brannan, a longtime animal-rights activist, said. “This would be a real game-changer for New York City and is something we should be doing right now if we’re serious about being the most humane city we can be.”

The goal of such legislation is to stop stores from obtaining animals from puppy and kitty mills, where animals live in poor conditions.

"There’s thousands of healthy animals in our shelter system right now that are desperately looking to get adopted,” Brannan said. “So I don’t think that a single animal should be sold that comes from a puppy mill until all our shelters are empty.”