Lea Michele has scored a victory against New York puppy mills!
Earlier this week, the Glee star and animal activist teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States to urge N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would give local governments the ability to regulate state-wide puppy mills.
And Michele's efforts worked in record time! Within a day of sending her letter, Governor Cuomo has officially signed legislation that cracks down on puppy mills in Michele's home state.
In response to the good news, the Humane Society tells E! News in a statement, "New York's lax laws have attracted some of the worst puppy millers, and dogs suffer in cruel conditions every day. Now, local governments and New York residents will have the ability to stop the abuse in these puppy mills. We thank Governor Cuomo, Assembly member Rosenthal, Senator Grisanti and the legislature for enacting a law that will help prevent the cruelty we so often see at large-scale dog breeding facilities. We also thank the large numbers of New Yorkers, including Glee star Lea Michele, and local and national organizations for encouraging lawmakers to protect breeding dogs in the Empire State."
Michele sent Cuomo her letter just two days ago, writing, "As a lifelong New Yorker and a recent dog owner, I couldn't be more delighted that our great, progressive state has considered large-scale commercial puppy mills-breeding factories where female dogs are constantly impregnated and forced to live in cages in their own excrement-an unnecessary cruelty that deserves local oversight."
Michele has previously worked with PETA to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC due to the poor treatment of the horses.