Published On: Wed, Jul 30th, 2014

Upcoming New York State Legislation to Keep Pets Safe

Pretty soon, those who steal or mistreat pets will have to face severe fines in New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo is showing that he is dedicated to pet and pet ownership protections. In January 2014, the governor signed legislation to prevent pet dealers from using inhumane practices to breed and raise animals for sale. Additionally, the fines for those who steal or mistreat pets have been raised from $200 to $1,000. These important legislative steps can help authorities crack down on animal abuse and dangerous pet dealer practices.

New York is cracking down on the treatment of animals, especially dogs. Image/CDC

New York is cracking down on the treatment of animals, especially dogs.

Issues with Dog Breeding

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has been an extremely outspoken and supportive organization when it comes to the legislation signed by Governor Cuomo. They praise him repeatedly for taking action against animal abusers. The ASPCA describes issue with “puppy mills,” which are dog breeding businesses that focus on producing the highest amount of profit possible, with little to no regard for the quality of these dogs’ lives. Since high profits require a significant supply, puppy mills will often cram as many dogs as they possibly can within a breeding facility. This can lead to issues connected with gross neglect and crowded living environments. Since the dogs are bred quickly, they often inherit a number of health issues that go untreated until they are placed at pet stores or with families. The recent New York legislation enables law enforcement to further regulate breeding facilities, which can improve the quality of life for these dogs.

Pet Theft

Those who steal pets from families are facing extreme fines in New York state. According to the American Kennel Club, pet theft has risen sharply in this state, with over 432 animals missing. This is prompting some residents to use alarm systems and surveillance camera at home to protect their beloved pets. Hopefully, the increase in fines will help to curtail this issue. Some speculate that dogs are being stolen so that they can be used in illegal dog fighting tournaments.

The state of New York is cracking down on instances of animal abuse and theft with the two pieces of legislation signed by Governor Cuomo. Hopefully, this will create neighborhoods that are significantly safer for dogs and their owners. If you notice any suspicious activity regarding a pet, make sure to alert the authorities immediately. Community awareness paired with the new legislation can help protect animals in your area.

Guest Author: Lolita Di


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  1. Randy Janssen says:

    The ASPCA is an urban centered vegan obsessed group of animal rights fanatics. It is an over one hundred fifty million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 10% to feed and shelter cats and dogs. Real animal shelters complain that the ASPCA gets the money they need to feed and shelter cats and dogs. The ASPCA spends money on the vegan activist group Mercy and for advertisements to make more money. The ASPCA has been found guilty of racketeering in Florida for paying someone to lie about animal cruelty. The ASPCA says it wants to protect horses, but it supports show jumping, one of the most dangerous things you can do to those animals. THE ASPCA IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. The ASPCA IS FOR A VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE AND AGAINST EATTING MEAT. The ASPCA wants to change our eating habits and standard of living by outlawing farming methods that are used on family farms. The ASPCA is bad for America so don’t applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something, think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to your local animal shelter. Giving money to the ASPCA is giving money to a bloated bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

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