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Bellmore rally Saturday to urge Cuomo to sign pet store bill

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo shown during a press

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo shown during a press conference. (July 15, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Long Island Orchestrating for Nature is hosting a rally in Bellmore this weekend to urge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to sign legislation to allow local municipalities to regulate pet stores.

Animal-welfare advocates are pushing Cuomo to sign the bill, which has been passed by the State Assembly and State Senate, in an effort to stop animal abuse. The two-hour protest will be Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. outside Worldwide Puppies and Kittens store, 2560 Sunrise Hwy. in Bellmore.

Participants include national organizations, local organizations from New York City and Long Island including Companion Animal Protection Society, The Humane Society of the United States, Hope for Hempstead Shelter Unlimited, RSVP Inc. Animal Welfare and Rescue Group, Puppy Mill Free NYC, Karuna For Animals: Compassion in Action Inc., and Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue.

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Advocates elected to rally outside the Bellmore pet store after it was found in 2009 to be selling sick purebred puppies for $1,500 to $2,500 to families that later found out many of the dogs had severe illnesses requiring expensive treatment The store had to pay back its victims under an agreement reached with the state attorney general’s office, according to Newsday reports.

For more information, call 516-592-3722 or visit www.HumaneLongIsland.org.

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