SB 1624 and HB 1377 — Sale of Dogs or Cats
Senate Bill 1624, introduced by Senator Eleanor Sobel, and HB 1377, introduced by Representative Jared Moskowitz, would strengthen protections for dogs and cats offered for sale in Florida, and would also protect consumers. The legislation would require that the name, address and USDA license number of the breeder of the animal be displayed next to the animal for sale at retail pet stores, in print advertisements or on the webpage on which the dog or cat appears for sale. The legislation would also prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at flea markets and other open air markets.
Status: On April 10, SB 1624 was approved by the Committee on Regulated Industries with a unanimous vote; the bill is now before the Committee on Community Affairs. HB 1377 has been referred to the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee.
ARFF frequently receives complaints about the sale of dogs, cats and other animals at flea markets, both from people who have purchased an animal (consumers often end up with an animal who is sick) and from people concerned about miserable conditions that they've witnessed. Dogs and cats sold at flea markets are usually from unlicensed and unregulated backyard breeders. Animals are often sold without proper vaccinations. To address similar problems, in 2013 California and Nevada passed laws restricting the sale of dogs and cats at flea markets. It's time for Florida to do the same! (photo: puppy for sale at the Swap Shop flea market in Lauderhill)