Alert: Ask the Suffolk County Executive Not to Sign Newly-Adopted Pet Dealer Law Amendments!
On October 5th, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously adopted Introductory Resolution No. 1761, which amends the Pet Dealer Law it passed in 2014 (Local Law 16-2014).
With no advance notice of these proposed amendments, local pet dealers had no opportunity for input and will have little time to comply with the new regulations. This amended law punishes local businesses without increasing animal welfare.
Newly-adopted amendments include:
- An amended definition for “animal” to include hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits;
- New breeder sourcing restrictions;
- Amended pet dealer signage and primary enclosure requirements; and
- A pet leasing/rental prohibition.
For more detail information, please read IR-1761 in its entirety.
IR-1761 shall take effect immediately upon its filing with the NY Secretary of State’s Office, but there is still time to act!
The Resolution must be signed by the County Executive. Contact him today to urge him not to sign. Tell him the Legislature’s failure to discuss this with stores prior to passage is unacceptable.