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Puppy Ban Enacted in Florida Town

It’s now against the law in Palm Beach Gardens for pet stores to sell puppies.

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How much is that doggie in the window won’t be a question asked by residents of Palm Beach Gardens any longer.

The city council there approved a measure July 10 that effectively bans the sale of puppies in pet stores, according to WPTV.com. The move is hoped to curb the sale of puppy mill puppies that are ill and often mistreated, the station reported.

While pet store owners in Palm Beach Gardens spoke out against the measure, the Florida town isn’t alone in enacting a ban on the retail sale of puppies. San Diego, Los Angeles, Albuquerque and a handful of other cities across the country have enacted similar laws, according to the International Business Times.

While animal rights groups are promoting bans on the sale of puppies in pet shops, store owners across the country say the trend is “absurd.”

“It’s the result of an animal-rights-extremist type movement,” pet shop owner David Salinas told the Times when San Diego enacted its ban. ““We’re not Communist Russia. Americans should have a right to choose where they can shop.”

Regardless of opinions, Palm Beach Gardens’ pet stores now have 180 days to sell out their current stock. Stores are still allowed to sell rescue dogs.

What are your thoughts on this? Does a ban go too far? Tell us by commenting below.

phyllis dodge July 12, 2014 at 07:30 AM
I agree with Debbie. With all our shelters full and the absurd puppy mills this is a great move...I wish our city council was so smart. A temporary ban on breeding without a license until our shelter animals are homed would take it a step farther. KUDOS!
Carol July 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Hats off to them. Courageous decision by the city council....
Kathy S Woody July 13, 2014 at 01:26 AM
I am all for getting rid of Puppy Mills! But is this the right way to do it? Why don't you ban puppy mills? Why don't you make it illegal for pet stores to purchase puppies from puppy mills. Make a harsh punishment if they disobey the law! Make a harsh punishment if you get caught running a puppy mill. Oh, I forgot! The only way our government, (city, state, & federal,) know how to govern is to punish the innocent, law abiding citizens, & give the criminals free reign. Or "We have a quick solution, we'll just punish them all!" When are we gonna take this country back & ban the government!
Donna Jo July 14, 2014 at 04:20 PM
I agree with Kathy! Have tighter control on the Puppy Mills and take action against those who knowingly support the sale and purchases that keep them in business. These puppies need homes that are safe and need to be removed from those who are out for the profit of the Puppy Mills do not to encourage a life long pet/family member.
Sharon Beasley July 15, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Good idea - stop the stores from selling and the puppy mills won't have any customers! Puppy mills will just go deeper into hiding and continue their business if you don't break the chain somewhere. Needs to be stopped on-line too!

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