Some New York State lawmakers say they want pet stores to “put puppies over profits” and are proposing banning stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits as early as the middle of next year. 

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Deputy Senate Leader Michael Gianaris (D, Queens) says he wants New York to join Maryland and California in imposing the ban.

Animal protection groups like the New York State Animal Protection Federation says the majority of pet stores in the state don’t sell rabbits, dogs or cats anyway.

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Supporters say the legislation, however gives the stores a chance to re-brand themselves as compassionate businesses serving animals and animal-lovers.