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Ohio Governor John Kasich signs the bill into law while Barbara McKelvey’s dog, Sammy, observes.

Hurray! We’re so excited to share that bills have been signed into law in New York and Ohio to crack down on puppy mills. FINALLY. Although breeders will still legally be able to sell puppies for profit, the bill will improve thousands of puppy lives, and is definitely a step in the right direction. Local municipalities will be able to adopt firmer laws.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal sponsored the bill in New York.

“Hopefully there are going to be a lot of good local bills that prevent puppy mills from either gaining a foothold or operating in these localities,” Assemblywoman Rosenthal said. “This is a good step in the giant undertaking of getting rid of puppy mills, which only produce suffering.”

Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said in a statement, “It’s just one step. We’ll be continuing to work on this to make sure that what we’re changing makes sense to what’s out in the community, and what our local officials are dealing with.”

Ohio has been widely known as the second worst state for dog breeding. Now background checks, proof of insurance, a surety bond and a set relationship with a veterinarian will be required of breeders in the state.

The President and CEO of the ASPCA, Matt Bershadker, said, “With this law, we’ll be able to keep a closer eye on these operations, stop inhumane practices, and undoubtedly save many lives. For New Yorkers and animal lovers – and animals themselves – this is a huge and important win. The ASPCA stands ready to assist local governments as they seek to enact and enforce tougher laws on pet stores and commercial breeders.”

The bills are giant leaps forward, but there’s still a lot left to do in the form of breeder regulations and the ultimate goal, which Rosenthal openly stated: “is to end puppy mills.”