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A proposed law that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores doing business in New York is gaining traction in the state Legislature.

The goal is to curb large-scale breeding operations, such as so-called "puppy mills," that have been cited for overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.

But the manager of a local animal welfare group said the ban would not be a good idea and could have unintended consequences.

A bill in the state Legislature to ban the sale of some animals, including puppies and kittens, at pet stores is gaining support.

Backers say it’s a way to put the notorious puppy mills out of business. But some independent pet store owners say they are being unfairly punished for the unethical practices of others.