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Save-A-Pet Urges Suffolk Residents to Support Stricter Laws for Puppy Stores

Bill No. 1047-2014 To Protect Companion Animals Being Sold in Suffolk County Pet Stores Will Be Discussed on April 29

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Port Jefferson Station, NY - April 22, 2014 -  On April 29, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc.’s Founder/President, Dori Scofield, will be in attendance at the Suffolk County Legislature’s meeting in Riverhead, to plead her case regarding pet shops and puppy mills, as Legislator Jay Schneiderman proposes his bill (1047-2014), which would protect companion animals being sold in pet stores in Suffolk County. The meeting will take place in the Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, located at 300 Center Drive in Riverhead, and is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
 
Suffolk County has approximately nine pet stores and three kennels that sell dogs from puppy mills—commercial breeding facilities which many realize are inhumane factories for puppies. The parents of pet store puppies live in a world without love, without human contact at all, often in crates covered with chicken and turkey wire. They are bred as often as possible—sometimes until death.
 
Ms. Scofield will speak on behalf of voiceless animals at the meeting, in hopes to help impose strict rules on puppy mills since New York State will not allow the ban on the retail sale of dogs and cats. She had the opportunity to be a part of Legislator Schneiderman’s committee of pet dealers and animal advocates to develop a compromise on the proposed bill. She chose not to be on the committee, as negotiating with pet dealers on a business that she feels should be nonexistent is against her beliefs.  Los Angeles and Chicago are two of over 40 cities nationwide that banned the retail sale of dogs and cats
 
“I am looking forward to speaking the truth about puppy mills, which is something I am passionate about and have spent years trying to fight,” says Ms. Scofield. “I have rescued hundreds of parent dogs from puppy mills across the United States and can attest to the horrid conditions I have seen firsthand and the atrocities bestowed upon man’s best friend. As an animal advocate for over 30 years and Founder/President of Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Vice President of Guardians of Rescue, I am urging everyone to come out, speak up and help make a change in Suffolk County.”
 
For more information on the proposed bill, please visit saveapetli.net or call (631) 473-6333.
 
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Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue Inc. was established in 1994 and is located in Port Jefferson Station.  Save-A-Pet works tirelessly to place orphaned companion animals into loving homes.  All of the animals that come to Save-A-Pet are spayed, neutered, tested for diseases and vaccinated.  Prospective adopters are thoroughly screened and matched with the most suitable pet for them and their family.  Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill shelter and is a safe haven for all of the animals that enter it.