Brevard County Pet Store Regulations Proposal
January 24, 2019
Recently, Brevard County’s Vice Chair Bryan Lober pushed for regulations to be made regarding pet stores selling dogs and cats from mills and was discussed with county officials January 8th.
Lober’s goal is hold regulations on the selling of dogs and cats in pet stores, because, though many pets come from rescues, most are purchased from pet mills. The meeting can be read about in more detail on ClickOrlando.com.
Pet mills are condemned by millions because of their unhealthy and painful conditions for the animals. Puppy mills are the most known around the country for the terrible conditions. Dogs are crammed into wire cages that are rarely cleaned and stacked on top of each other. It is not unusual to see multiple dogs in a cage meant for one. Illnesses and diseases are spread like wildfire within the mills and, according to HumaneSociety.org, those diseases can either spread to their owners or become expensive in vet bills, even leading the pet to die within weeks or months of adoption.
Controversy arose against the proposal from County Commissioner Curt Smith, who believed it was not fair to put all pet stores out of business. Some that were part of the meeting wore “My Puppy, My Choice” T-shirts and opposed Lober’s proposal. The organization My Puppy, My Choice informs the public about the right to adopt pets from one’s place of choosing. Other organizations, though, attended the meeting in support of the new proposal as well including the Brevard Humane Society, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Brevard, and Coastal Poodle Rescue.
Other cities ranging across America and Canada have made laws similar to Lober’s. Those cities banned the selling of all dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores, regardless if they are from mills or rescues. Many cities within California also have simple regulations to avoid purchasing and selling from dog, cat, and rabbit mills without completely banning them.
There are ways for pet stores to avoid closing from down without being able to sell dogs and cats by “providing important utilities for animals,” according to Junior Christine Fossenier. Freshman Kat Long concurs, stating how “it could sell pet products, food, toys, etc.” There are many pet stores across the country who don’t sell dogs and cats, but still flourish, such as Indian Harbor Beach’s local Pet Supermarket.
After discussing the proposal for 2½ hours, the commissioners all agreed that it would have to go back for a rewrite because it did not have enough legislative intent to advertise and schedule it for a public hearing. Five commissioners decided to write their own ideas for submission to County Attorney Eden Bentley and he will work with the county’s Sheriff’s Office to form a new proposal. The rewritten proposal is said to be completed for consideration by the end of February.