ALBANY N.Y. – Introduced last month to try and protect cats and dogs from abuse was a new piece of legislation known as Local Law C.
If this law is passed it will create the toughest standards set regulating local pet sellers and breeders, being the first of its kind in New York State.
The bill requires regular inspection of pet sellers and breeders to make sure they are providing minimum standards of care for animals.
County lawmakers say many breeders already abide by high standards; this law will target those who do not.
Local supporters of this bill say it will stop puppy mills and pet shops who seek these abused animals.
If passed breaking this local law will be a civil offense with a minimum fine of $100-$500 dollars per violation.
Lawmakers say this type of abuse is happening in our community, with the most recent incident involving a Border Collie breeder in Montgomery County.
Albany County lawmakers will be voting on this piece of legislation Monday at their 6:30 p.m. meeting.