Sarasota County: Take a stand against puppy mills!
December 6, 2013 - At the December 10 meeting of the Sarasota County Commission, commissioners will discuss a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores. In addition, the ordinance would stop the sale of pets at flea markets, in parking lots and along roadsides.
Local breeders would be allowed to continue to sell dogs, cats and rabbits, but only if those animals were bred and raised on the premises of the person selling the animal. The ordinance would also allow pet stores to provide space for animals from animal shelters/rescue groups for the purpose of adoption. Existing pet stores would have one year to stop the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits.
Please contact the Sarasota County Commission and urge them to support the proposed ordinance. It is important that commissioners understand that there is widespread support for this ordinance among local residents.