Hillsborough County just banned private dog and cat retailers

Under the new ordinance, all dogs or cats must be sold to the public from animal shelters or rescue organizations.

click to enlarge Hillsborough County just banned private dog and cat retailers
Photo via Adobe Images

Puppies and kittens from industrial breeders will no longer be allowed to be sold in Hillsborough County’s remaining commercial pet stores.

On Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting commercial dog and cat sales in local pet stores, which include Puppies Tampa and two All About Puppies locations.

Under the new ordinance, all dogs or cats sold to the public must come from animal shelters or a rescue organization, rather than private breeders.

Yesterday’s decision comes after more than 300 dogs living in horrid conditions were confiscated from a Tampa breeder last September.

According to WFLA, nearly 50 people spoke up at the meeting against ordinance and more than 10 supported it.

Pet stores in Hillsborough County will now have one year to transition to the new rules.

Follow @cl_tampabay on Twitter to get the most up-to-date news + views. Subscribe to our newsletter, too.

About The Author

Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
Scroll to read more Tampa Bay News articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]