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Animal Care Agencies Urge Governor to Sign Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill

Animal Care Agencies
Urge Governor to Sign
Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill

Local dignitaries and animal welfare advocates join Stacie Haynes in presenting some of the SQSPCA’s adoptable dogs

Legislators and representatives of animal care organizations throughout the region gathered at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) on Wednesday, August 17 to collectively urge New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to sign the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill.

SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes spearheaded the effort, which brought together members of the New York State Animal Protection Federation (NYSAPF), the national ASPCA, state and local officials, and shelter workers in support of the bill, which — if signed into law — would ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in New York’s pet stores.

Editorial: Saving Fido and Creating Memories
Editorial

Saving Fido and Creating Memories

A few months ago the New York State House and Senate voted to approve the shutdown of the puppy-mill-to-New York pipeline, ending the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bills await the governor’s signature. They have taken an inordinately long time to reach Hochul, having been first introduced in March, 2019.

Among the relentless fighters for this shutdown is our own Stacie Haynes, Executive Director of the Susquehanna SPCA.

As Board President of the New York State Animal Protection Federation as well, Haynes was instrumental in the passage in June of the Companion Animal Care Standards Act for Shelters and Rescues, which raises the standards of care for animals in shelters and rescues and ensures the licensing of all organizations caring for homeless animals.

This Is NOT OK, Helping the Next Page of a Dog’s Life

This Is NOT OK, Helping the
Next Page of a Dog’s Life

“As I speak to you, I’m on my way to Buffalo to pick up dogs that need to be rescued,” Stacie Haynes, Executive Director of the Susquehanna SPCA said.

“The puppy mill pipeline bill has been around for a while; we are really fortunate the Assembly and Senate both back the bill. It seems like a no brainer but there are lots of politics and other things involved,” Ms. Haynes said.

“We are hoping to apply some extra pressure now by having a press conference at the shelter soon. Libby Post is the executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation and she was instrumental in getting this legislation passed in the assembly. We will also hopefully have Senator Oberacker here, they have all supported the bill. We are so grateful to them.”

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