State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-60, will hold a press conference at the SPCA on Ensminger Road in Tonawanda to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign Bill S.3753 into law. This would hand regulation of pet handlers and breeders from the state over to municipalities, in an effort to hinder rampant abusive pet breeding and holding techniques.
"New York state appears to be the only home-rule state in the country that explicitly prohibits its towns and cities from regulating commercial pet breeders and pet stores. I am calling on the governor to pass this piece of legislation so that New York can effectively regulate puppy mills, and put an end to abusive breeding techniques," Grisanti said.
Also attending the press conference will be Barbara Carr, the executive director of the Erie County SPCA; and Lorry Schlick, president of NYS Citizens Against Puppy Mills.
Tuesday, July 16, 1 p.m.
Erie County SPCA, 205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda
Grisanti's camp said this bill would allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores. The legislation, it said, addresses the ineffectiveness of New York's "Pet Dealer" law, the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state, and the pet industry's complicit support of inherently cruel, out-of-state puppy mills.