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New York Pet Welfare Association, Inc. v. New York City, 15-4013

In a complaint challenging New York City animal welfare laws, alleging that one law -- requiring City pet shops to purchase dogs and cats directly from federally licensed breeders -- violated the dormant Commerce Clause and was preempted by the federal Animal Welfare Act, and that an other -- mandating that pet shops sterilize dogs and cats before releasing them to consumers -- was preempted by New York law, the district court's dismissal on preemption grounds is affirmed where he challenged laws do not discriminate against or unduly burden interstate commerce, and do not conflict with either federal or New York law.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/03/02




  • United States Second Circuit


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