You can make a complaint about any type of pet shop, including ones that only sell dogs and cats, for not following City and State rules.
You can report a pet shop for:
- Unsanitary conditions.
- Operating without a permit.
- Failing to spay or neuter a dog or cat that weights more than 2 pounds at least 8 weeks before it is sold.
- Selling, giving away, trading, displaying, transferring, or delivering rabbits.
- Failing to microchip a dog or cat before it is sold and registering the microchip with the owner's contact information.
- Selling a dog without a City dog license. This is only permitted if the buyer provides a written statement that the dog will live outside of New York City.
- Getting dogs and cats from a breeder that does not hold a US Department of Agriculture "Class A" license or have a good inspection history.
- Failing to provide a complete health and medical history about dogs and cats, including where the animals came from and the breeder's inspection history.
- Selling dogs or cats from a source prohibited by law.
- Failing to post signs about the availability of animal records.
- Failing to provide appropriate care to animals.
- Selling animals that are unfit for purchase because they are ill, have hereditary deformities, or diseases.