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NY Localities Offered Advice on Pet Store Laws

NY Localities Offered Advice on Pet Store Laws
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New York's attorney general offers advice on drafting new laws governing pet stores

New York's attorney general is offering advice to localities on drafting new laws governing pet stores and breeders.

Municipalities were authorized this year to set more stringent requirements for protecting pets and buyers than the state has.

One goal is cracking down on puppy mills where dogs are often kept in crowded, inhumane conditions, usually for sales to pet stores.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to 1,034 local governments, offering help to write laws.

Localities can require permits for pet dealers. They can also establish local inspections of sellers, as well as stricter standards for animal food, water, cleanliness, exercise, veterinary care and records.

Also possible are consumer-protection rules for disclosures about the animals, refunds and reimbursements.

Enforcement can be delegated to local nonprofit animal-welfare groups.