06/19/14 4:00pm
06/19/2014 4:00 PM
Barnum, a cocker spaniel, was rescued from a puppy mill in 2009. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Barnum, a cocker spaniel, was rescued from a puppy mill in 2009. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Suffolk County is now the first county in New York State to regulate the sale of animals and crack down on pet retailers buying from unsafe breeders.

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone signed into law Tuesday the “puppy mill bill,” safeguarding the animals themselves, as well as consumers who have been burdened by unexpected medical costs of caring for their newly purchased pets.

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06/18/14 12:00pm
06/18/2014 12:00 PM

Farmer Phil Schmitt (left) and his sons Matt (center) and Phil Jr. loading boxes of cabbage onto a flatbed at the family’s Riverhead farm (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A law aimed at ensuring government agencies are purchasing foods from the businesses they represent has cleared the state Senate and is on track to potentially boost business for local growers, according to a release from state Sen. Ken LaValle, who supported the initiative.

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