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Ban the Retail Sale of Puppies in Suffolk County

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To combat the problem of Puppy Mills, Suffolk County Majority Leader, Legislator Jon Cooper, introduced Resolution No.I.R. 1545-2011, a law that will ban the retail sale of puppies in pet stores in that county. If you care about dogs, you must lend your support to Legislator Cooper to ban the retail sale of pet shop puppies in Suffolk County, NY. Puppy mills are breeding facilities that produce purebred puppies in mass quantities and sell them to an unsuspecting public. They are inhumane, designed to maximize profits, and commonly disregard the physical, social, and emotional health of the dogs in their facilities. Puppy mills are the epitome of cruelty to animals. These helpless dogs are kept confined in tiny wire cages with minimal food and water, little or no veterinary care, and no positive human contact. They breed these animals until they cannot produce anymore and then they throw them away or let them starve or kill them. Because of these conditions, puppy mill puppies are more likely to have physical and behavioral problems than dogs from ethical sources. Puppy mills lurk behind the doors of the nearby pet store. The best way to stop puppy mills from continuing their abuse is for consumers to stop buying the puppies they breed, however slick ads and false advertising hoodwink them into thinking that this pet store is different! That couldn't be further from the truth. And many think they are "rescuing" a puppy by buying one—they are simply creating new space for another mill puppy to be sold while the parents in the mills suffer till death.

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