On January 17, 2015, Local Law 5 of 2015 was enacted, and on June 2, 2015 was further amended by Local Law 53. Read together, Title 17 of the New York City Administrative Code now authorizes the Department to regulate pet shops selling dogs and cats. As a result, Administrative Code § 17-372 requires such pet shops to hold permits issued by the Commissioner of the Department. The law was supposed to have become effective June 1, 2015, but was stayed on that date as a result of a challenge in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of New York by certain pet shops and animal dealers. On October 20, 2015 it was upheld by the court and is therefore now in effect.
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It will also require New York City pet shops to disclose information about the origins of the animals they sell, and require that dogs and cats sold at city pet shops are spayed/neutered, microchipped and dogs licensed prior to sale. These measures are critical to reducing pet homelessness, reuniting lost pets with owners and ensuring the safety of pets and the public.
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“Pet sales in general are strong relative to other retailers,” said Andrew Mandell, a partner at the commercial brokerage agency Ripco Real Estate New York City, who is seeking multiple new locations for Petco, a chain of one-stop shops for pets.
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