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Governor signs bill allowing municipalities to help regulate pet dealers

ALBANY -- On Friday, Governor Cuomo signed a bill giving municipalities the power to enact laws to help regulate pet dealers.

The legislation authorizes local municipalities to adopt laws more stringent than current state laws for regulate or licensing pet dealers. The bill stipulates that local ordinances must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of pets raised in a safe and healthy manner.

"The legislation announced today is a win for those individuals and communities across the state that have fought for the health and safety of animals under the care of pet dealers," says Governor Cuomo.

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets will continue enforcing existing state laws, and enforcement of any new municipal laws will be the responsibility of that municipality.