TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) – The sale of all dogs and cats is reportedly banned in retail stores under legislation recently filed with the State Capitol.
Animal activists say the policy would reduce the number of puppy mills, but some store owners argue that a blanket ban could go too far.
The heatwave days may soon be over for pet retailers that sell dogs and cats in their stores.
Legislation banning the retail sale of animals is the legislative priority of The Humane Society.
“Five states have passed a similar bill,” said Kate MacFall of the Humane Society.
MacFall said the dogs and cats sold by retailers often come from puppy mills.
“These are large-scale commercial ranchers who put profit before animal welfare,” MacFall said.
By law, you would only be allowed to adopt a cat or dog from a shelter or you could purchase an animal from a trusted breeder.
Carol Hoover, owner of Carol’s Critters in the capital, no longer sells dogs in her store, but when she did, she bought them from local breeders.
“I visited the breeders. I went to their real homes, ”Hoover said.
She said she understood the concerns of large retailers, but feared that a blanket ban on sales would reduce the opportunities for connection between breeders and consumers.
“A lot of people didn’t want other people to come to their homes. they had a few puppies, they didn’t want them to come. It was another outlet for them, ”Hoover said.
But MacFall argued that banning store sales would prevent impulse buying, which could hopefully reduce the number of cats and dogs ending up in shelters.
“It’s the old puppy in the window. You know all about this theme, ”MacFall said.
The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2022, but the Humane Society has told us it is considering a phased rollout to give retailers time to sell animals already in stores.
If adopted, retailers caught selling cats or dogs in their stores could face a fine of up to $ 500.