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Local lawmakers passed legislation to protect animals

Posted: Updated: Jun 09, 2014 07:30 AM

ALBANY N.Y. – Albany County lawmakers passed a local law that would protect pets from abuse and protect consumers who take care of the animals.

Legislation, known as Local Law C, was introduced last month to try and protect cats and dogs from abuse.

The law passed Monday with an amendment that was under the definition of pet sellers. The law states that private sellers are only allowed to have 16 animals at a time. The number of animals at a regular pet sellers business remains at 25.

The law will create the toughest standards set regulating local pet sellers and breeders being the first of its kind in New York State.

The bill requires regular inspection of pet sellers and breeders to make sure they are providing minimum standards of care for animals.

Albany County lawmakers say many breeders already abide by high standards; this law will target those who do not. 

Local supporters of the bill say it will stop puppy mills and pet shops, who seek these abused animals.

Lawmakers say this type of abuse is happening in our community, with the most recent incident involving a Border Collie breeder in Montgomery County

If passed, breaking the local law will be a civil offense with a minimum fine of $100-$500 per violation. 

Albany County lawmakers will be voting on this piece of legislation Monday at their 6:30 p.m. meeting.

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