Puppy Sales Now Banned at Pet Stores in Orange County (Christy Turner, WFTV.com/WFTV)
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Pet stores in Orange County are now banned from selling puppies.
The order went into effect on Wednesday.
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Local pet stores like Petland and Breeder’s Pick have sought an injunction to stop the county from enforcing the rule.
A judge recently denied the motion.
The pet stores lawyer told WFTV Christy Turner his clients were disappointed with the decision and are considering appealing.
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According to Petland, puppy sales account for about 70% of the business.
Without this income, owners fear going bankrupt.
In the decision, the judge acknowledged that the order could have a “catastrophic effect”.
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He went on to write, “While there may be a fair debate about whether the ordinance is good policy, that debate belongs in the political arena rather than the courtroom, and this is a debate in which this court has no place.”
The only pet store in Orange County that can continue to sell puppies is Chews A Puppy in Ocoee.
That’s because Ocoee town commissioners voted last year to opt out of the county ordinance.
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