Pick up the phone and help puppies

In light of the Plattsburgh pet store owner and her husband charged with neglecting sick pets and then abandoning 24 puppies throughout Clinton County, now there is something you can do to help.

The New York Legislature recently passed a bill that would enact stronger protection for dogs and consumers, and also would crack down on inhumane puppy mills. These mills are commercial dog-breeding operations that mass-produce puppies for sale through pet stores, over the Internet and newspapers. (We don’t knowingly accept these type of ads.)

These defenseless dogs are put in filthy, crowded cages, sometimes stacked on top of each other. They are bred to churn out litters of more puppies until they are “spent.” This bill would help local communities to set standards for these dog-breeding operations that put profit above animal welfare.

To help pass this bill, just pick up the phone today, call Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 518-474-8390, and leave a short, polite message for him expressing the need to strengthen New York’s pet dealer laws. You could say, “I’m a constituent asking the governor to sign the bill A.740a-S.3753a to allow municipalities to establish local laws to crack down on puppy mills. New York’s animals deserve better protection.”

We also encourage people to adopt rather than shop when searching for a family pet. There is an overabundance of dogs and cats at our local Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake, the North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Elizabethtown and the Elmore SPCA in Peru. If you are looking for a particular breed, mention this to them and they can advise you of reputable online rescue sites.