NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Actress Edie Falco is joining New York lawmakers to support a statewide ban on the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores.
Falco is a life-long New Yorker and appeared Friday at the Upper West Side ASPCA with one of her two dogs, Sammy, who is a puppy mill rescue.READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter
Sammy is one of many dogs lawmakers say come to city pet stores from illegal puppy mills.
“It’s an exciting time that we can actually be close to putting an end to this cruelty,” Falco said.READ MORE: NYPD: Man Shot Inside Union Square Subway Station
“By adopting a shelter, pet you’re not only saving their life, you’ll find out in time you’re saving your own.”
The ASPCA says New York has one of the highest concentrations of puppy-selling pet stores in the nation.MORE NEWS: Exclusive: CBS2 Cameras On Hand At Unannounced Security Screenings At Troubled New York City High Schools
State leaders hope to pass a bill, joining Maryland and California, as the only states with puppy mill bans.