Update! N.J. Is One Signature Away From Banning Puppy Mills

Update 5/2/17 – NJ Governor Chris Christie VETOED this very important, lifesaving bill.

From Senator Lesniak: “Not a lot to ask that pet stores stay away from these bad actors. But Governor Christie vetoed it. I will ask the Senate to override Christie’s veto on May 25.

Email me with your name and address and the Subject Override Puppy Mill Ban Veto @ Lesniakrj@gmail.com and I’ll contact your Senator with your override support.”

Original story:

It’s a day that has been in the works for over a year, and New Jersey residents are hoping that Governor Chris Christie will put his signature on S3041, the bill that will ban puppy and kitten mills from operating in that state.

Senator Raymond Lesniak (D) announced on Thursday that the Senate and General Assembly of NJ overwhelmingly approved the bill, which establishes new requirements for pet dealers and pet shops.

According to Senator Lesniak, advocates should expect Governor Christie’s decision in 45 days or less.  In the Facebook video posted on his page, the Senator tells his constituents,

If Governor Christie doesn’t sign this ban on puppy mills we’ll override his veto.”

Though the Pet Protection Act of 2015, which is what the new bill amends, was meant to attack the problem of pet stores selling sick animals, and protect buyers as well, survivors of kitten and puppy mills were still being sold in stores. Consumers were still reporting purchasing animals who seemed healthy, but shortly became ill, a typical problem seen in mill animals.

The new bill states,  “often, a consumer has not seen the conditions in which the cat or dog was born and raised, and the health and behavioral issues caused by these conditions may not present themselves until sometime after the purchase of the cat or dog; and that these health and behavioral issues can impose exorbitant financial and emotional costs on the consumer purchasing the cat or dog.”

The new regulations will still allow consumers to purchase or adopt a cat or dog directly from a breed-specific animal rescue organization or a shelter or pound, or from a breeder that meets basic standards of animal welfare, such as those laid out in the bill.


If you’d like to contact Governor Christie to ask him to please sign bill S3401, here’s the link! You can also call his office at 609-292-6000.  To read more about the bill, which can easily be adopted in every state – and SHOULD beclick here.


Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she’s covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She’s always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the ShelterMe.tv family!


  1. Vivian Glenn says:

    Please stop the puppy mills. They are a cruel practice. Many dogs are in shelters and rescues awaiting homes. Adopt. Just say no to puppy mills.

  2. Janice K. Fisher says:

    PLEASE call the governor this week: (609) 292-6000. Ask him to sign S3041. It will take less than 20 seconds. They don’t even take your name; they just tally your opinion. Ask others to do the same.

  3. Marianne Perlstein says:

    We need to stop the Puppy Mills in NJ..
    They breed in horrible conditions & sell animals not in good health ..

  4. Maria alonso says:

    Too many dogs in shelters dont need to breed anymore.

  5. Priyanka says:

    It should stop

  6. Candy Keller says:

    *********The bond between Libre — the emaciated, mange-ravaged Boston terrier puppy saved from an Amish dog breeder …

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      i followed Libre’s story. It’s a shame Libre’s Law isn’t a law yet..

  7. sherry st pierre says:

    Please ban muppy mills! They do not belong in any civilized nation or anywhere They provide puppies to animal abusers & are, themselves, guilty of horrible abuse!

  8. Judeanne Barnes says:

    I recently adopted a dog that lived in a puppy mill her whole life. It’s sad to see how frightened they are of everyday life. I work in an occupation that sees on a daily basis multiple “designer mixed breed” puppies from puppy stores sold for $2000, $3000 or $4000!! Most are financed!! You shouldn’t be able to finance a living thing! People don’t do their homework and fall for all the bullshit these devils from puppy stores feed them. I hope the end up locked in cages some day!

  9. Mary Miscia says:

    Please shutdown puppy mills and follow through to make sure heartless people don’t reopen in the future when they think no one is checking!!!

  10. lorry hipwell says:

    Puppy mills are horrible for dogs and puppies! They are kept in horrible conditions and treated horribly! They never know or feel loved, theyre only there for their greedy inhumane owners!

  11. Karen florence says:

    Puppy mills are horrendous places! Please STOP them NOW!!!!

  12. Christine lincoln says:

    Governor Christie ,
    Every pet owner , every rescue, every Animal Hospital in the state of NJ is asking you to pass Bill S3041 banning puppy mills and the sale of dogs and cats in our state. I work at Livingston Animal Hospital, your home town, and can tell you first hand that dogs from puppy mills are always sick when they come for their first puppy visit. They are so in-bred and many suffer & die from disease. The ones that are strong enough to make it out of their living hell, suffer from life long medical problems. These animals are forced to live in the most filthy , deplorable , and unhealthy conditions, many for their entire lives. The mothers are forced to breed over and over which is completely unnatural. They never escape that small cage they are crammed in. They never get to feel the grass under their feet or run free or feel the love of a family. Only then to be disposed of in inhumane ways when they can no longer breed. It is cruel and unacceptable that this actually goes on in this day and age. NJ leads the rest of the country in the passing of animal rights legislation. Let us continue to lead by example and get this life saving bill passed. It is the right thing to do and there is no reason not to. You can change this . Please listen to all your residents when we say there needs to be a change now. Thank you

    1. Amy says:

      Christine, Christie won’t see this comment here.
      Please call his office. They are tallying calls.

  13. Nasrene MacDonald says:

    Stop the flood of pets being slaughtered! Free Spay/Neuter Clinics! Ban Puppy Mills! Stop landlords evicting family pets!

  14. Bernice Gilliland says:

    This needs to be banned These poor animals are living a tortured life , in these puppy mills !

  15. Lisa Blanck says:

    Barbaric and inhumane!!!!

  16. Lisa Blanck says:

    Barbaric and I humane!!!

  17. Kathy Ford says:

    Absolutely disgusting !

  18. Emma Wheeler says:

    Please stop this abuse

  19. bonnie b says:

    please no puppy mills. not necessary. stop this greediness.

  20. amanda says:

    Stop puppy mills now. They are living creatures they should be treated with respect!!!

  21. D Micena says:

    Stop this!

  22. Deborah Becker says:


  23. Laura says:

    There must be a way we can stop these babies from suffering once in for all. Please don’t stop your efforts.!!! God bless ALL who continue the fight for our fur babies.

  24. Nic swanson says:

    This would be so wonderful. Other states will surely
    Follow suit. Be the humane example setter!

  25. Mongoose218 says:

    The USDA is “over” puppy mills, as it is also over circus animals, corporate farm animals, zoo animals, etc…….that should tell most people that they don’t do a very good job, at ANY OF IT!

    from “MadonnaoftheMills.org:

    10 Things To Know About Puppy Mills | Facts and Statistics

    99% of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
    Nearly 100% of all puppies in pet stores have parasites when they are purchased.
    48% of puppies being sold in pet stores were ill or incubating an illness at the time of purchase, according to a recent California study.
    500,000 puppies are born in puppy mills and sold in pet stores every
    year in the United States.
    There are 35,000 pet stores in America
    Puppy millers can make more than $300,000 growing puppies every year.
    Puppy mills have been around since the early 1960s.
    Almost every Puppy sold in a pet store has a mother who will spend her entire life in a tiny cage, never being petted, never being walked, never being treated like a dog.
    Female dogs are usually bred 2x a year. At that rate, they usually burn out by age 5, at which time they are put to death.
    About 1 million breeder dogs are confined in puppy mills throughout the country.

  26. Maribel losito says:

    This should be outlawed

  27. P. Hoffert says:

    No more puppy mills!!!

  28. Peter Kwit says:

    Hell yea

  29. Teresa says:

    Absolutely disgusting and the people that own them should be charged with the full extent of the law. Who are we if we can not help the innocent!!!

  30. Carolyn Serafini says:

    Please stop this awful treatment of animals.

  31. Susan McPherson says:

    Puppy mills are inhumane! We must ban them!

  32. Barbara Walker says:

    PLEASE—-stop puppy mills!!!! Inhumane and disgusting—-there are millions of animals in shelters to adopt—PLEASE—

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