Puppy Sales Now Banned at Pet Stores in Orange County – WFTV

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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