Florida House tax bill could make
sale of puppy mill dogs legal
Wink News Fort Myers
Published: February 28, 2018 5:44 PM EST
Updated: March 1, 2018 12:04 PM EST
A Florida lawmaker is working to put an end to puppy mills after dozens of puppies
heading to a local pet store were found in filthy conditions, but a tax bill in the house
(HB 7087) may make it harder.
If the Florida House tax bill passes, the sale of puppy mill dogs would continue even if local ordinances ban it due to the bills vague language.
The amendment in the tax bill prevents local governments from prohibiting or
restricting the sale of lawfully taxable personal property. While pets and pet stores are
not specifically mentioned in the bill, animals sold at pet stores are taxable ‘personal
property’, so they would fall into this category.
The next vote is scheduled for Friday.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services seized 24 puppies from a Petland store on
College Parkway shortly after they arrived from a Missouri Company—Puppy Travelers
“This company is delivering these dogs in sick conditions and we’ve seen it all over the
state, on the east coast also,” said Michele Lazarow, Vice Mayor of Hallandale Beach.
“Right now, we have 60 ordinances in cities and counties across Florida,” Lazarow said.
“What these ordinances do is basically protect against consumer fraud and sick dogs
and animal abuse, which is the sick puppies that are sold in puppy stores which tend
to be sick and come from puppy mills.”
Jim Fraser chose to adopt his pet at the Gulf Coast Humane Society instead of buying
a puppy from a store.
“It always boils down to special interests, probably somebody’s looking out for the
bottom line, the money, not the dogs. So that bill, I think should be voted down,”
Lee County Domestic Animal Services said the puppies seized last week are still being
evaluated and are not ready to be adopted.
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