Bill Seeks Regulations on Commercial Dog Breeders

Florida legislation would limit ownership to 50 dogs, among other provisions.

Posted: March 6, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Commercial dog breeders in the state of Florida may face various regulations, including ownership limits, should a new bill become law.

The act introduced in the Florida House of Representatives, HB 1249 by Rep. Darren Soto, states that it would prohibit owning, possessing, controlling, or otherwise having custody of 50 or more dogs at a time. Additionally, it requires those who own or otherwise have custody of 10 or more dogs that are 4 months or older to follow specified guidelines relating to things such as exercise, kennel size, sanitation, ventilation, and access to veterinary care.

If adopted, HB 1249 and identical bill Senate Bill 2002 would also set the following provisions:

Ban tail docking and ear cropping except by a licensed veterinarian.
Authorize animal control and police officers, after receiving complaint or upon his or her own initiative, to probe alleged violations.
A violation of the act is a first-degree misdemeanor, allowing up to one year in jail.

The act would take effect January 1, 2010.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

3/6/2009 11:17:24 PM

I don't think there should be a limit. I just think there should be laws about how to keep them and inspectors over a certain amount.

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LL   madison, WI

3/6/2009 9:57:42 PM

even 50 is too much

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Donna   Limington, ME

3/6/2009 2:44:52 PM

50 is too much!

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Amanda   Tucson, AZ

3/6/2009 2:21:36 PM

wow 50 dog no way thats to many i think it should go to well i dont know as long as it's lower than 50 man but i'de love to have another dog i only have 1.

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