Miami-Dade County Commission Wants To Crack Down on Puppy Mills

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The "puppy mill" regulation wave continues. Last week, in a move that mirrors several other recent initiatives, Miami-Dade County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on unethical commercial pet sales.

"We're going as far as we legally can to regulate an industry that is currently unregulated," said Alex Fernandez, an aide to Commissioner Lynda Bell, who is sponsoring the ordinance.

See also: North Miami Beach Votes to Ban Sale of Commercially Bred Pets in Stores

In the past three years more than 20 cities in Florida, which has among the most pet stores in the country, have adopted bans on retail-sold dogs and cats, NBC News reported last month. (North Miami Beach approved a similar ban in May.)

Commissioner Bell's amendment, called the "Miami-Dade Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Ordinance", was adopted on a first reading in April and then was unanimously adopted by the county's Public Safety and Animal Services Committee at a committee meeting and public hearing last week, with a final vote scheduled for September.

The ordinance wouldn't ban pet shops outright but would impose a host of new regulations, including new restrictions on the sources that pet shops can use to obtain their animals and stricter standards for breeders. Breeders would be legally prohibited from reproducing animals while the dogs or cats are sick or injured, for example; from breeding dogs or cats with "known or obvious congenital or hereditary diseases"; and from breeding a female dog or cat more than once within 12 months.

Fernandez called the ordinance a piece of landmark legislation for a Florida county; Bell, he said, has long been an animal-rights advocate and pushed for the stricter laws after noticing initiatives in other areas.

"We must make Miami-Dade County a more humane county," the commissioner said at a press conference last week. "And we can't let dollars be our guiding principle when it comes to how we treat our animals."

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cgonz1221
cgonz1221

This is just political shenanigans!

Lynda Bell does not care at all about animal welfare, there is no clear way of properly enforcing what this bill proposes to do. It is just a pseudo-legislation that is meant to win votes.

Did anyone know Lynda Bell husband was charged with animal abuse?

Here is an article, I invite you to do your own research and look deeper into the candidates running for this upcoming election: This is OUR chance to get rid of two-face public officials.


http://eyeonmiami.blogspot.com/2014/08/county-commissioner-lynda-bell-dog.html

Janina Kowalski
Janina Kowalski

Hopefully this step in right direction. Down with boutique pet stores selling mistreated animals! There are sooo many pets at the pound waiting for good homes. RESCUE!

etbmfa
etbmfa

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Puppy Mills

1) BREEDERS are NOT responsible for the presence of dogs in shelters. "Producing" dogs due to failure to be a responsible owner and "breeding" dogs are not the same. We have a problem with a lack of responsible ownership, poor shelter management and poor pet distribution. Education is the key to improvement in this area.

2) It has been PROVEN there is NO PET OVERPOPULATION. Since 2005 the birthrate for puppies has not been meeting the demand. Many rare breeds are declining to the point of extinction due to anti-breeder laws. According to the USDA more than 300,000 dogs were imported in 2013 from foreign countries by SHELTERS. If the current rate of laws and decline continue within 20 years your only source for a puppy may be a shelter “mutt” from Mexico, China or Puerto Rico with possible behavioral issues and NO health testing. www.shelterproject.naiaonline.org

3) In our modern day of instant access to information it is almost impossible for anyone to raise dogs without being under scrutiny. Those horrendous photos you see in commercials for the “Humane Society” are mostly outdated or a 1 in one million exception to the care given animals by breeders everywhere. The photos are intended to shock and horrify you into giving money. Any photo can be photo shopped into looking really bad. Be skeptical. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes take it with a grain of salt.

4) There is no such thing as a "puppy mill". "Puppy mill" is not a legally defined term, it is slang invented by the “animal rights” extremists to denigrate any and all breeders -- small or large, standard or substandard. It's the "N-word" of breeders. The phrase “puppy mill” has been promoted in the media by the animal “rights” movement, people who want to end all animal ownership. It is applied indiscriminately by these fanatics to anyone who breeds dogs.

5) There are three main types of breeders: Commercial, Pet and Hobby/show breeders. Every one of these can be a large-scale breeder, every one of these could be a substandard breeder. Commercial kennels are subject to state and/or federal oversight. Substandard care can be found with all types of breeders. It is about the standard of care, NOT the numbers. Most commercial breeders have state of the art kennels that meet USDA standards and the standards of their state laws. They are inspected at least yearly and must meet or exceed stringent standards far higher than those expected of the average hobby breeder.

6) “Sick” puppies do not sell. It is counterproductive for any industry to produce a defective product and expect to stay in business. Any dog can have health issues. It’s about Mother Nature NOT lack of care or numbers.

7) Passing laws intended to outlaw “puppy mills” will not solve any problem. Most substandard breeders are already in violation of existing laws and don’t care.  New, stricter laws will only affect those who are already working to follow the laws. The only way to have any effect is to provide the funds and manpower to enforce the laws that are already on the books.

8) All the hobby breeders in this country cannot produce enough puppies to meet the demands of the American market. Recent changes in laws are NOT stopping substandard kennels from continuing. It is closing down reputable breeders who work very hard to produce healthy purebred puppies by making it more difficult and expensive for them to continue in their HOBBY.

9) A shelter dog is NOT for every family. Shelter dogs come with baggage that can require an EXPERIENCED owner. Shelter dogs have NO health testing and frequently have behavioral issues that take years of training to overcome. Obtaining a dog should be a time for rational decision making--not an excuse for moral preening. If 'adopting' a shelter dog makes you feel 'better about yourself', you don't need a dog. You need a therapist.

10) You are more likely to purchase a dog with health or behavioral issues from a shelter than a pet store.

                                                For more information:

www.naiaonline.org

www.humanewatch.org

www.nathanwinograd.com

www.saova.org

http://www.cfodconline.org/

http://www.exposeanimalrights.com/

Alyson Scotti
Alyson Scotti

This ordinance is unenforceable as the puppy mills are out of state and thus beyond the reach of Miami law enforcement. The laws was passed to dupe animal lovers into thinking politicians are actually doing something to improve things. The right thing to do would be to BAN THE SALE OF COMMERCIALLY BRED DOGS IN STORES.

Lisa Leif
Lisa Leif

it's about time we hear and see some thing about this thank you from the bottom of my heart

Chris Hind
Chris Hind

we're losing the old Miami. the last frontier is dying. time to go ex-pat. you can have your police state

Mussette Pena
Mussette Pena

This solves nothing!! We need to keep pushing for much more and better than this... Since there is nobody to enforce, we are in the same place. Politics suck!!

Andrew J. Herrero
Andrew J. Herrero

How about cracking down and finning the assholes who keep giving these scum bags business? Get your pets from a shelter people!

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

What a joke!


All these people can think of is more regulations and control and you people vote for it.


Just another small step in the Fascist state.

Nicolette Miranda
Nicolette Miranda

And who's going to regulate the pet stores? What they should have done is forced pet store owners and breeders to sale spayed and neuter puppies and kittens that are register and documented.

Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

Inmate #164683: "What'choo in fo, nigguh?" Inmate #276514: "Breeding puppies."

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Why don't pet stores be forced to take in shelter animals too?

orleans
orleans topcommenter

ordinances are  great, but with no money for enforcement they are not worth the paper they are written on.

And if anyone from animal services reads these comments, please send someone to the pet store at the Redlands market, on South Dixie Highway, where they dare you to take a picture of the shop window! Those animals on display -everything from cats to snakes- will break your heart.

Keith Lawler
Keith Lawler

I've never seen so many crappy heartbreaking puppy factory stores than in Miami. Every discount mattress store has a creepy massage parlor and puppy store next to it. Who buys puppies from a strip mall anyway, when you can find guys with rusty pickups and dozens of "american bulldog" ....of course these aren't the same as pitbulls ;) puppies in any parking lot off Bird Rd west of 57th?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Liberty of your feelings,

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