According to a recent news story, city commissioners in Miami, Florida met in early September to approve a six-month moratorium on the retail sale of dogs and cats. Within the six month period, commissioners plan to research potential advantages of a permanent ban. The six month moratorium put forth by Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez would not affect currently operating pet stores in the city of Miami. At least nineteen jurisdictions in Florida have enacted similar bans on retail pet sales in 2014 alone.
Many retail pet stores obtain puppies and kittens from mills where lack of care and haphazard breeding may result in animals with congenital problems or other maladies. Once the health problems are discovered, the puppies or kittens are likely to be turned over to municipal animal shelters.
Take Action: Miami residents, contact Commissioner Suarez to express your support of a ban on retail puppy and kitten sales in the city of Miami.
Mr. Francis Suarez
Commissioner District 4
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133