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NYS cracking down on puppy mills

Perinton, N.Y. -- A new state law will give local municipal governments the chance to write stricter laws for those who sell dogs.

The legislation is aimed at so-called puppy mills. Any new law passed by a city, town or village must be as strong as current state laws and cant ban the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner.

Previously, state law mandated dogs have shelter, food and water, and be raised in conditions not considered life threatening.

Large-scale breeding facilities, they arent necessarily in our jurisdiction. The USDA generally covers the investigation there, but they're not able to get to them all, said Adrienne McHargue from Lollypop Farm. So if we have laws that are a little bit more strict for the type of housing that are allowed in pet-breeding facilities -- the kinds of population they're allowed to keep in one facility -- then we can act a little bit more quickly.

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Washington Times