Pet stores will face tougher regulations under a new bill sponsored by local animal rights advocate Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
The passage of bill 697-D aims to address “the standards of care of animals by pet dealers which have not been updated for over a decade,” according to a release by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, another sponsor of the bill.
The bill is one of several acts of animal kindness on Malliotakis’ behalf. She also co-sponsored a bill that makes puppy piercings and plastic surgery punishable by the law.
Bill 697-D requires pet dealers and store owners to create better exercise opportunities for animals as well as an established vet care system during which routine visits and medical regiments for sicker pets are strictly adhered to.
“The recent passage of this bill, of which I am a co-sponsor, is good news for animals and consumers alike. By improving living conditions and increasing exercise and health requirements for animals owned by pet dealers, our furry friends will be protected from the sub-standard arrangements many animals are subjected to. In addition, this ensures that pet buyers will be purchasing happy, healthy pets to join their families. I applaud my colleagues in the Assembly for seeing this common-sense bill through,” said Malliotakis.