Brevard commissioner seeks to restrict sale of dogs, cats in pet stores

County commissioners to discuss proposal Tuesday

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – County Commission Vice Chair Brian Lober has introduced legislation to restrict the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores within Brevard County.

Lober — who is a volunteer with animal rescue organizations — says he is targeting what's known as "puppy mills" and "kitten factories," reports News 6 partner Florida Today

"It is widely believed that these commercial breeding facilities where dogs and cats are mass-produced in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions continue to exist, at least in part, because of the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores," Lober said in his agenda report to fellow commissioners.

Lober is hoping the end result of his proposal is more pet adoptions from animal shelters and rescue groups.

Under Lober's proposal, pet stores still would be allowed to offer dogs and cats from shelters, animal rescue organizations or "hobby breeders" — those who  handle no more than 20 puppies or kittens a year. Lober refers to his plan as "an adoption-based business model."

Brevard County Commissioner Bryan Lober is proposing  a ban on the retail sales of cats and dogs at Space Coast pet stores.

County commissioners will begin discussion of Lober's proposal during their meeting that begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday. They will consider whether to approve what's known as "legislative intent" to advertise of an amendment to the county's animal-related ordinance and to schedule a public hearing on the proposal. They then would vote on the proposal itself after the hearing. 

Area pet retailers, who would be impacted by Lober's proposal, weren't pleased.