Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation Thursday that will prohibit the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits at retail pet stores.
The ban on sales will take effect in 2024. Under the law, pet stores will be able to rent their space to shelters for adoptions.
Pet stores have been labeled a part of the puppy mill industry, with animals bred under terrible conditions for sale in retail outlets.
“Dogs, cats and rabbits across New York deserve loving homes and humane treatment,” Hochul said. “I’m proud to sign this legislation, which will make meaningful steps to cut down on harsh treatment and protect the welfare of animals across the state.”
Legislation (S.1130/A.4283) aims to prevent the buying and selling of animals from large-scale, abusive breeders that lack proper veterinary care, food or socialization.