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Posted on: January 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Census count meeting : Wed January 15 from 7 to 8:30 PM

puppy mill ban public hearing tomorrow evening


It’s important to the town that everyone be counted by the US Census. An accurate counts means more funds for the town, school districts and more representation for NYS in Congress. If you’d like to volunteer and help us get an accurate census count please attend this meeting. The census is conducted every 10 years. During the last census many residents of sections of Greenburgh and the rest of the county were not counted – costing taxpayers significant dollars.


The Town Board voted to schedule a hearing on legislation to ban puppy mills for tomorrow evening January 14th and February 7th at 7 PM. At Town Hall. The proposed bill would prohibit the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores operating in the town which house and breed dogs and cats in substandard breeding facilities known as puppy mills and kitten factories. Supporters of the legislation feel that dogs and cats are treated inhumanly from puppy mills. Opponents claim that the town is preempted by state law and that not all pet stores sell dogs/cats that were treated inhumanly. They feel that pre-existing businesses that do not purchase pets from puppy mills should not be forced out of business. A copy of an article that appeared in about communities that have enacted bans in Westchester appears below.

The following is a link to tomorrow evening’s agenda with links to two draft laws: one from advocates that want a total ban. The Keane/Beane proposal is less restrictive.

the following documents can be found on the above link:

TB 2020 0114 PUBLIC HEARING DOC Proposed LL Commercial Dog Breeding R 12-6-19--supported by Ban Pet Store Sales Advocates

TB 2020 0114 PUBLIC HEARING DOC NYS Consolidated Laws AGM §§400-408 (1 per pg)

TB 2020 0114 PUBLIC HEARING DOC Keane Beane-Proposed Chapt 343 Puppy Mill Local Law


Puppy mill laws expand across counties

Laws banning sales of commercially bred dogs and cats continue to spread across Westchester communities.

Puppy mill laws expand across counties

Gabriel Rom, Published 2:12 p.m. ET Sept. 16, 2016 | Updated 6:28 p.m. ET Sept. 16, 2016

The Village of Mamaroneck became the first municipality in the state to pass a law banning the sale of commercially-bred animals within its borders. (Photo: Yonkers Animal Shelter)

Laws banning sales of commercially bred dogs and cats continue to spread across Westchester communities.

Rye Brook’s Village Board unanimously passed a law last month banning "puppy mills," while Port Chester officials have set a public hearing next month for a similar proposed law.

Rye Brook’s law makes it illegal to sell a dog or cat in a pet store unless it is obtained from a Westchester County animal shelter, a humane society, or from a nonprofit rescue/humane organization registered with the New York State Department of Agriculture.

While there are pet stores in Rye Brook, no businesses sell dogs or cats.

"At this point, the law would be a precautionary measure for residents and businesses in Rye Brook," Town Administrator Chris Bradbury said.

Many of the local proposals are based on Mamaroneck village legislation passed in February, making it the first local government in New York to ban puppy mill sales.

Stephanie Earl, owner of Furrylicious, a pet store in New Rochelle, sits with some of the puppies for sale in her story April 28, 2016. Earl says that a proposed law aimed at puppy mills would cause her to lose her business. She says that the breeders from which she buys her puppies are not puppy mills. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

"You see something in one community that makes sense, and you suggest it to another community," said State Sen. George Latimer, D-Rye, who has advocated for legislation banning puppy mills throughout Westchester County. "This is a positive way to prevent this explosion of puppy mills."

Port Chester’s proposed law would fine first offenders $250, while repeat offenders could face possible imprisonment. Village officials, however, are considering changing the fines to be based on the number of animals illegally sold, among other possible alterations. The public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3.

"A law such as the one being considered by Port Chester can protect both animals and the consumer," said Dina Goren, who runs the Port Chester Dog Park Group.

There are no pet stores in Port Chester that sell dogs or cats, Goren said. Calls to village officials were not immediately returned.

Meanwhile, New Rochelle is awaiting the resolution of a court proceeding regarding a related law in New York City and has put its local consideration on hold.

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