YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Town Board has unanimously adopted a law banning the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in town pet stores.
According to a summary of the Town Board’s Aug. 2 meeting, trustees approved the measure to ban the sale within town borders of animals from anyone who possesses litters of 10 or more dogs or cats in a calendar year.
The law is designed to cut down on the potential for puppy mills to operate in Yorktown. Many animal advocates view such operations as inhumane.
Before passing the law, the board heard comments from a number of people, most of whom spoke in favor of the proposal, according to the meeting summary .
Among the speakers was Norm Rosenblum, mayor of Mamaroneck, according to the summary.
Rosenblum, whose village was the first in Westchester to pass a similar law, supported the idea, but said the language of Yorktown’s law should be amended so as not to create “two classes of breeders,” according to the summary.
After noting Rosenblum’s stance, Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace said he preferred to pass his town's law and then “see how it goes,” according to the summary.
Penalties for breaking the law can be as harsh as a $250 fine and 15 days in jail for the first offense and a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail for subsequent offenses. Repeat offenders will be charged with a misdemeanor crime.
Nonprofit humane societies and rescue organizations are exempt from the law.
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