Hillsborough County has proposed a ban on the sale of puppies, however, its implementation is still up in the air. The proposal would ban the commercial sale puppies, but exempt the three current puppy stores in the county. Recently, the owner of one of the remaining puppy stores, Tampa Puppies, was arrested. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested the owner because, upon inspection, the store did not have the required veterinary records to insure the puppies were in good health. The proposed ban would encourage people to either adopt dogs or to purchase them through mom-and-pop breeders who often are more responsible in the manner in which they produce puppies. The County hopes to limit the sale of puppies from the puppy mill system, which encourages breeders to house large numbers of dogs in a restricted environment for the sole purpose of reproduction. These puppy mills are often cited for violations in their practices with respect to the care of the animals.
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