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NY law cracks down on irresponsible breeders

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

A new bill signed by Governor Cuomo is intended to protect pets in New York. Animal rights groups say this is one step towards putting an end to the inhumane practices of some pet dealers.

"These mothers are having litter after litter. They're never exercised, they're kept in little small pens. They don't get health treatment, they don't get the vaccines they need to prevent diseases," says Betty Corrow with the Adirondack Humane Society.

Some puppy mills are just one group guilty of being cruel to pets. A pet store in Plattsburgh was convicted of setting 24 puppies loose in the woods around Clinton County. Officials say they were left to fend for themselves out in the elements.

"We all would have reached out and helped any of those puppies instead of having him let them loose everywhere in the woods. I know a lot of our employees went out looking for them just to help," Corrow says.

The volunteers at the Adirondack Humane Society are grateful the government is stepping in to help stop cruelty to animals. They want the public to know that they accept any and all kinds of pets.

Corrow says this new legislation will let local governments inspect breeders and pet shops. Dealers will be checked on, making sure pets being sold have their shots and are kept in good living conditions. And overall, it will make sure these animals are being treated well.

"There's a lot of backyard breeders that are doing it just for the money, they're not thinking about the dogs and their health," Corrow says.

While some breeders are irresponsible, others treat their animals like family pets. This bill is intended to give a voice to those who can't speak for themselves.

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