Sarasota News Leader

12/13/2013

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A PUPPY STORE DEBATE Dozens of residents came to the meeting, representing both sides on the ordinance. Photo by Roger Drouin ANIMAL ADVOCATES PUSH FOR PET STORE REGULATION; OWNERS SAY A COUNTY ORDINANCE WOULD RESTRICT FAMILIES' ABILITY TO CHOOSE PETS By Roger Drouin County Editor The possibility that Sarasota County might enact an ordinance prohibiting the sale of puppies at commercial pet stores drew dozens of supporters and opponents to the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10. backers of the ordinance wore stickers that read "Vote Yes," while the opponents of the ordinance held signs that read "My Pet, My Choice!" After almost two hours of public comPeople on both sides of the issue filled ments, the county commissioners voted 5-0 many of the seats to request the county in the Commission attorney to provide a I have been really torn on this legal opinion to them Chambers in Venice, with supporters and thing since the subject came up. And I within 60 days on the opponents sitting on would like to do something. proposed ordinance opposite sides of the regulating the sale of Nora Patterson room. In one section, dogs, cats and rabbits Commissioner Sarasota County dozens of local animal in retail stores. That rights advocates and opinion will likely

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