From the Pages Of Orlando Weekly: Orange County Commission Votes To Ban Retail Sale Of Puppies, Kittens and Rabbits – Commentaries – From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

After a heated session with more than 50 people making public comments, the Orange County Commission voted Tuesday evening to ban pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits.

The speakers in the room were evenly divided for and against the ban. Proponents of the ban said they believe selling puppies will encourage the spread of breeding mills. Others who identified themselves as former employees and customers of a local pet store shared horror stories of dogs suffering from deadly infections and a “freezer full of dead puppies” in their backs.

Local animal shelters and rescue officials also spoke, highlighting the current flood of animal shelters in the area. There are currently more than 2,000 animals available for adoption in central Florida, according to a person from Happy Trails Animal Rescue.

But a local pet store owner said his stores “never” have anything to do with disreputable growers, claiming that a ban on retail sales would result in “thousands of backyard growers.”

Finally, the regulation was adopted with a single vote. Orange County pet stores are running a year to phase out puppy, kitten, and rabbit sales. After that, they are punished for selling animals. More at

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