TONAWANDA, N.Y. — With a bill cracking down on puppy mills now through both houses in Albany, local legislators want Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law.
State Senator Mark Grisanti spoke about the measure Tuesday at the Erie County SPCA.
Grisanti, a Republican, said the state Senate and Assembly have approved the bill, which would allow local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and stores. Current law has the state regulating them but local governments paying for rescues and other efforts.
Animal activists say the change would help stop practices like putting ill and injured animals back up for sale after they're returned.
"Those aren't fables. That stuff really, really happens. it's well-documented, and local governments: completely powerless to do anything about it," said Bill Ketzer, ASPCA Northeast Region.
A letter Grisanti wrote to Cuomo asking him to sign the bill will go out Wednesday.