Tell Governor Cuomo to Regulate Puppy Mills

It is indisputable that most, if not all Life With Dogs fans would like to see puppy mills made completely illegal. Sadly, they are a reality for many dogs.  But we can fight to end them, and if we cannot not end them today, we can ensure that all puppy mill dogs are given proper care, housing, food and medical treatment. 

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A letter to the editor of the Syracuse Post-Standard Newspaper:

Dogs trapped in New York’s numerous commercial breeding facilities typically spend their lives in tiny, cramped, wire-floored cages that can legally be stacked on top of each other, often outdoors, with no protection from the elements. Expressly prohibiting municipalities from intervening at the local level, state laws have failed to protect these dogs even though local governments, nonprofit animal shelters — and taxpayers — are forced to absorb the costs of these unscrupulous breeders when cruelty seizures, subsequent sheltering costs for relinquished animals, and legal proceedings become necessary.

State regulations are failing these animals, and USDA oversight of wholesale breeders is consistently underfunded, providing only very minimal standards. Shipping and health certificates plainly show that New York pet stores regularly purchase dogs from breeders with a history of egregious violations of the Federal Animal Welfare Act.

New York State passed A.740-A/S.3753-A, which would enable local governments to exercise home rule powers to regulate breeders and pet stores throughout the state.

Remarkably, time is running out, and the fate of New York’s dogs is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has the power to sign this bill into law. Please tell the governor it’s time to stop putting profit over animal protection! We must enact this legislation to reduce animal suffering, and protect consumers by authorizing municipalities to pass more stringent pet dealer laws.

Time is of the essence! This bill must be signed by Jan. 10. Please contact the governor by phone at (518) 474-8390, via Twitter at @NYGovCuomo, or by email at

Donna Chambers
Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse

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To sign a petition for Governor Cuomo to crack down on puppy mills, please click here.

To sign a petition asking the USDA to inspect and regulate puppy mills, please . click here

These are just two petitions. There are many more, so check to see if there are any for your state or country, and help put a stop to puppy mill cruelty and neglect.

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  1. Karen Brandt says on  01/03/2014 at 10:37 pm

    Please, , please , shut these places down its horrific abuse I beg of you , thank you .

  2. Roni says on  01/03/2014 at 10:51 pm

    Please, please, please stop the dreadful and inhumane puppy mills. This needs too stop.

  3. Anonymous says on  01/04/2014 at 12:42 am

    Please stop puppy mills and abuse

  4. Carrie Child says on  01/04/2014 at 7:36 am

    Please stop these criminals from doing this inhumaine treatment of dogs for thier own personal gain!!

  5. Anonymous says on  01/04/2014 at 11:39 am

    These animals suffer horribly with just the bare minimum of care. Treatment they do not deserve. Please help them. Put an end to these torture pits

  6. Anonymous says on  01/04/2014 at 11:42 am

    Anyone owning any dog then the animal should be registered and chipped. The world worries and acts about illegal logging and deforestation of the rain forest, but the cruelty of puppy farming appears to have a much lower profile. Come on USA grow some and tackle this problem. NOW.

  7. Vanessa Rokjer says on  01/04/2014 at 10:04 pm

    Please put an end to this torture and mistreatment of these helpless, sweet dogs. Please please please!!

  8. Lorraine says on  01/04/2014 at 11:03 pm

    Please put an end to puppy mills. This is cruel and if you allow this to continue, you would be considered a cruel person. I believe you are better than that. So please stop this torture and mistreatment of innocent animals.

  9. CHARLOTTE AUCLAIRE says on  01/05/2014 at 6:33 am

    Please put a stop to all puppy mills.

  10. Bridget Smith says on  01/05/2014 at 8:58 am

    Please put and end to this cruelty. These animals should not be tortured and mistreated like this!!

  11. Anonymous says on  01/05/2014 at 9:56 am

    No more puppy mills,it’s that simple…….Do something about it !!!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous says on  01/05/2014 at 10:41 am

    Such abuse please stop puppy mills!!!

  13. Sue Lesmond says on  01/05/2014 at 3:37 pm

    Ban puppy mills.Stop this barbaric animal abusive trade.So many pets are killed every day due to supply outweighing demand massively.

  14. Luanne Wade says on  01/05/2014 at 8:30 pm

    Please stop the cruelty to helpless animals

  15. Carrie Stedman says on  01/05/2014 at 10:10 pm

    Please stop this torture that is being done to th

  16. Whoville Bar and Grille says on  01/05/2014 at 10:20 pm

    Enough already…..Stop this!!!!

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