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In March 2011, Palm Beach County commissioners approved several important changes to the county’s animal control ordinance. The new rules included a total ban on chaining or tethering animals, protections for guard dogs and increased standards for pet stores.

Under the revised ordinance, pet stores must prominently display the origin of each puppy and kitten offered for sale, including the name and address of the breeder and any dealer who was involved. ARFF has received complaints that this new rule may not be followed by all pet stores in the county.

You can help! Is there a pet store in your community that sells dogs or cats? We need people to visit pet stores in Palm Beach County to: (1) confirm that notices saying exactly where an animal came from are prominently displayed, and (2) if the notices are displayed, to record and provide to ARFF the name/address of the breeder.

Palm Beach County, Ordinance No. 2011-005, Section 4-23(i)(3)a.:
“Each pet shop and pet dealer shall post conspicuously on the cage or enclosure of each dog or cat offered for sale a written notice in 12-point or greater type identifying the breed, sex, and date of birth of each dog and cat and the name and address of the sources that bred each dog and cat and sold each dog and cat to the pet shop.”

It is not uncommon for customers at pet stores to be told they are buying a locally-bred puppy, even though most of the puppies and kittens sold in Palm Beach County pet stores were brought to the county from puppy mills in Missouri or Arkansas or from other out-of-state breeders.

Click here to contact ARFF.

When you provide ARFF with the name/address of the breeder(s), we will confirm that the breeder holds the required permits to breed and sell dogs or cats, and check whether the breeder has been cited for problems by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pet shops that fail to comply with the new Palm Beach County ordinance are at risk of having their permit revoked.

Thank you!

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