Sarasota County Commission considers banning the sale of dogs in pet stores

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:26 pm | Updated: 5:12 pm, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

SARASOTA, FLA. - Patrick Voleck makes his living with animals as the owner of Top Dog Pets and Grooming. He is worried about an ordinance being discussed by the Sarasota County Commissioners that could ban the sales of dogs and cats from retail pet stores like Petland, Puppies R Us, Puppy Town and Top Dog Pets.

“I’ve been labeled in this ordinance because I sell puppies” said Volek.

Although his primary business is dog grooming he also trains puppies and occasionally sells them from his store.

“Most of my dogs are requested from my existing customers and I, in turn, find them.”

He says the goal of the county commission is to eliminate the sale of dogs raised in puppy mills which he thinks is a great idea.

“I would like to see higher regulation as far as putting puppy farms out of business. I have no problem with that but to say that a retail store can’t sell an item, I think that is ludicrous.”

Voleck tells ABC 7 when he purchases puppies for resale, he only buys them from reputable breeders.

“There are people out there who think that any dog sold out of a pet store has to be from a puppy farm.”

When he does sell a dog he provides his customers with the name and number of the breeder where he purchased the puppy. Volek says a blanket ban on selling dogs from pet stores will do nothing to stop puppy mills.

“People are going to buy dogs from other counties, they are going to buy them from out of state and they are certainly going to buy them from off the Internet.”

Late Tuesday afternoon, County Commissioners voted unanimously to have their attorney provide a legal analysis of the ordinance and its effects before commissioners make any further decisions.

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1 comment:

  • Marla posted at 1:30 pm on Fri, Aug 29, 2014.

    Marla Posts: 1

    I have never purchased a dog or cat or any other animal. All my dogs and cats have been rescued. There is quite an abundance of homeless pets of all sizes, ages, and breeds waiting for homes in shelters and rescued groups. The way I understand it and have always read is that a responsible breeder *(if only there were such a thing) never sells to a pet store or other outlets or middleman. The breeder has the parents at home and wants his prospective customers to visit the parents, meet the litter, the breeder will match the personality and lifestyle of the buyers to the right puppy, and the breeder will request that if anything goes wrong the puppy be returned to him/her. So I don't understand how Top Dog Pets buys from a breeder for resale to the public [sad] This responsible breeder does not know where his/her puppy went and cannot ask for the puppy to be returned should the need arise.


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