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New legislation proposed for pet breeders

Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill allowing local governments to craft stiffer rules and regulations related to pet sellers and breeders, Albany County Legislator Gary Domalewicz began working on making such changes.

Known as Local Law "C", the changes are designed to protect the public and protect animals that are offered for sale in the county and those that come from outside the county.

Sellers and breeders would be subject to a permit process and yearly inspections by agents of the county. The proposal would ban sellers in the county who trade in animals provided by people who do not also comply with the standards laid out by the county. Violations would be punishable by fines of between one hundred and five hundred dollars.

Inspections would cover the animals' housing, feeding, cleanliness, grooming and exercise. Domalewicz has been working with the ASPCA and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in writing the law.