A town in Florida, Lake Worth, has become one of a growing number of US and Canadian cities to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores thereby stopping the flow of animals from puppy and kitten mills to retail outlets.
Find all the details in the Palm Beach Post News. However, here are a few quotes from that article.
It prohibits the sale of dogs or cats in Lake Worth unless the animal has been bred and reared on the property of the seller.
The ordinance also requires the posting of signs explaining where the dogs and cats were bred and reared. Buyers must be given a “certificate of source” telling where the dog or cat came from.
Goals include promoting the adoption of dogs and cats and reducing the sale of mill-bred animals that perpetuate the pet overpopulation problem, said Varela, a veterinarian.
Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control euthanized 3,686 dogs and 10,176 cats during the year that ended Sept. 30.
The ordinance does not prohibit licensed animal-rescue groups from selling or otherwise transferring ownership of dogs or cats.
Don Anthony, spokesman for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, said Lake Worth’s pet-sale ordinance will be the first of its kind in Florida and one of a handful of similar ordinances nationwide.
“We’re encouraging them to take the step and become a shining example,” Anthony said.