Municipalities should have the right to regulate pet dealers in their communities as long as the regulation is not less stringent than state law. A State Senate bill, S3753, would extend the rights of municipalities to enforce and monitor local regulations in regard to pet dealers.

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Retail pet shops, Internet pet sales, backyard breeders and people abandoning their pets all lead to crowded shelters, which are a burden to taxpayers.

Barbara Dennihy, Nesconset