By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York state Senate passed a bill Wednesday to ban retail pet stores from selling cats, dogs and rabbits.

The initiative is aimed at cracking down on breeding facilities commonly known as puppy mills.

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Sponsors of the bill say these facilities have a reputation for inhumane living conditions and animals often suffer from health problems.

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The measure also allows for space in stores to showcase cats or dogs available for adoption from certain organizations.

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The bill now moves to the state Assembly.

CBSNewYork Team