Hochul signs bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits

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It will soon be illegal for retail pet stores to directly sell dogs, cats and rabbits to consumers in New York state.

Gov. Hochul signed a bill Thursday that bans the sales starting in 2024.

Supporters argued many of the pets in those stores came from animal mills that are known for inhumane actions.

Pet stores will instead be able to charge shelters rent to use the space for adoptions.

“Dogs, cats and rabbits across New York deserve loving homes and humane treatment,” said Hochul. “I’m proud to sign this legislation, which will make meaningful steps to cut down on harsh treatment and protect the welfare of animals across the state.”