• Petitioned Lynne C. Nowick

This petition was delivered to:

Suffolk County Legislator
Lynne C. Nowick
Suffolk County Legislator
Thomas F. Barraga
Suffolk County Legislator
Ricardo Montano
Suffolk County Legislator
John M. Kennedy, Jr.
Suffolk County Legislator
Jack Eddington
Suffolk County Legislator
Wayne R. Horsley
Suffolk County Legislator
DuWayne Gregory
Suffolk County Legislator
Jay H. Schneiderman
Suffolk County Legislator
Jon Cooper
Suffolk County Legislator
Vivian Viloria-Fisher
Suffolk County Legislator
EDWARD P. ROMAINE
Suffolk County Legislator
WILLIAM J. LINDSAY
Suffolk County Legislator
THOMAS CILMI
Suffolk County Legislator
STEVEN H. STERN
Suffolk County Legislator
LOU D’AMARO
Suffolk County Legislator
KATE M. BROWNING
Suffolk County Legislator
THOMAS MURATORE
Suffolk County Legislator
SARAH S. ANKER

Ask Legislators to Vote YES on IR 1545 to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in Suffolk County

    1. Petition by

      Kent Animal Shelter

Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper has proposed a bill banning the sale of puppy mill dogs in Suffolk County pet stores. The bill is being co-sponsored by Legislator Edward Romaine. This is an important opportunity to help the victims of this shameful industry: the unfortunate animals living in torturous conditions in puppy mills.

Here is the proposed legislation:

"This Legislature hereby finds and determines that an estimated two million
puppies are purchased, sold or adopted each year, while 4 to 5 million unwanted dogs die in
shelters across America.

This Legislature also finds and determines that the vast majority of puppies sold
at retail pet stores come from puppy mills in the Midwest, South and portions of Pennsylvania.

This Legislature determines that the United States Department of Agriculture,
which provides minimal regulations on the care of animals that barely meet the animals’
subsistence needs, cannot meaningfully enforce their standards, as the Department is so large
and maintains less than 100 inspectors nationwide.

This Legislature finds that puppy mills are large commercial breeding businesses
that breed dogs like livestock and sell their offspring at five to six weeks of age, despite federal
regulations banning the sale of puppies less than eight weeks of age. Federal regulations on
many puppy mill practices exist, but are not consistently enforced, due to an insufficient number
of inspectors.

This Legislature further finds and determines that female dogs are bred
immediately upon maturity and in each heat cycle thereafter until they are no longer able to
produce puppies. Once they are unable to produce, the mothers are culled, auctioned to other
mills, abandoned or killed.

This Legislature determines that conditions in puppy mills are stark: dogs are

crammed into small, unsanitary wire cages, frequently left in their own excrement, and are
unprotected from extreme temperature fluctuations.

This Legislature further determines that dogs languishing in puppy mills are
chronically undernourished; are not provided with veterinary care or socialization; and are at an
increased risk for serious health problems, including ailments caused by the harsh living
conditions. In addition, their puppies are at increased risk of genetic defects caused by
inbreeding.

This Legislature also finds that puppies from puppy mills frequently exhibit health
problems which are caused by the harsh conditions and mistreatment of the mother dogs that
occurs in these mills. These problems can continue even after the puppies leave the horrible
conditions at a puppy mill.

This Legislature also determines that the American Kennel Club (“AKC”) focuses
solely on the registration of purebred puppies, but does not consider the condition under which
puppies are born, nor the care and treatment of their parents. The AKC does not verify that
puppies given their certification were bred by a responsible breeder and not at a puppy mill.

This Legislature also determines that Suffolk County has a responsibility to
promote animal welfare.

This Legislature further determines that a restriction on the retail sale of puppies
bred outside of Suffolk County will provide the dual benefits of increasing consumer awareness
of puppy mills and ensure that those puppies which are sold in Suffolk County are either bred
locally or are obtained from shelters or animal rescue organizations.

Therefore, the purpose of this law is to ban the retail sale of puppies from
breeders outside of Suffolk County."

To:
Lynne C. Nowick, Suffolk County Legislator
Thomas F. Barraga, Suffolk County Legislator
Ricardo Montano, Suffolk County Legislator
John M. Kennedy, Jr., Suffolk County Legislator
Jack Eddington, Suffolk County Legislator
Wayne R. Horsley, Suffolk County Legislator
DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County Legislator
Jay H. Schneiderman, Suffolk County Legislator
Jon Cooper, Suffolk County Legislator
Vivian Viloria-Fisher, Suffolk County Legislator
EDWARD P. ROMAINE, Suffolk County Legislator
WILLIAM J. LINDSAY, Suffolk County Legislator
THOMAS CILMI, Suffolk County Legislator
STEVEN H. STERN, Suffolk County Legislator
LOU D’AMARO, Suffolk County Legislator
KATE M. BROWNING, Suffolk County Legislator
THOMAS MURATORE, Suffolk County Legislator
SARAH S. ANKER, Suffolk County Legislator
Your YES vote on this bill is so important!

Your yes vote will:

- help put an end to the illegal and inhumane practices at puppy mills
- help reduce the overpopulation at Suffolk County animal shelters due to these imported and too often discarded animals
- give voice to Suffolk County's humane organizations and residents who strongly oppose the practices at puppy mills

Thank you!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Janine Lewandowski AMITYVILLE, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      There are so many wonderful animals available for adoption.

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    • Kathleen Kubacki RIVERHEAD, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      So many dogs and puppies are homeless and sitting in shelters waiting for homes. Close these puppy mills and give the homeless dogs a home and a good life they deserve

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    • Adrianne Matzkin SHORT HILLS, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      My 3 labradoodles came from Puppy Mills. I Suffolk County lawmakers to pass this law

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    • Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Our society kills millions of dogs and other animals in "shelters" because they are unwanted. Allowing more individuals to be produced and sold while this slaughter continues is illogical, inhumane and obscene. Nedim C. Buyukmihci, V.M.D., Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California

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    • Diane Kirkland BRANTFORD, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      " The Greatness of a Nation and its Moral Progress can be judged by the way its Animals are treated" Gandhi

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