Davie says yes to law targeting pet stores supplied by puppy mills

A proposed law that takes aim at puppy mills won unanimous approval Wednesday, with one town leader saying it was the right thing to do.

The law would take effect if it wins approval in a final vote on April 16.

Under the new rules, pet stores would be limited to selling animals from shelters, humane societies and registered rescue groups. Private breeders would be permitted to sell directly to the public.


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Cities across the nation, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix, have passed similar laws. Locally, the new rules have been embraced by Hallandale Beach, Margate and Coconut Creek.

Several Davie residents and animal activists spoke in favor of the plan, including Hallandale Beach Commissioner Michele Lazarow, who has been working for more than three years to get cities to ban the sale of commercially bred pets.

The new law also had critics.

Customers and staff of local pet stores urged the town not to "stereotype" all pet stores.

"We're not trying to hurt the legitimate stores," Councilman Marlon Luis said. "We're going after the puppy mills. In my heart, this is the right thing to do."

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