Manatee County commissioners discuss retail pet sales


GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. MANATEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE MULLING OVER A BAN ON RETAIL PET SALES. THIS IS AN EFFORT TO TACKLE PUPPY MILLS AND DOZENS CAME FORWARD TO SPEAK OUT ON THE ISSUE. JOHN ROGERS IS IN BRADENTON WITH THE LATEST. Reporter: GOOD EVENING. THERE AT TWO RETAIL PET STORES AND MANATEE COUNTY BUT THE SUBJECT THE SOURCE OF A LOT OF CONTROVERSY. DOGS IN RETAIL STORES OFTEN COME FROM BREEDERS AND THERE HAVE BEEN MANY REPORTED ISSUES THAT HAVE ARISEN OVER THE YEARS. THEY MAY APPEAR HEALTHY ON THE SALES FLOOR BUT AS SOON AS CONSUMERS TAKE THEM HOME THEY END UP SICK. THEY HAVE HIGH VETERINARY COSTS. USUALLY DOWN THE ROAD THEY HAVE BEHAVIORAL ISSUES. Reporter: SARASOTA COUNTY HAS AN OUTRIGHT BAN IN HILLSBOROUGH HAS A BAN WITH THE GRANDFATHER CLAUSE THAT EXEMPTS SOME BUSINESSES. MANATEE COUNTY COMMISSIONER CAROL BIT MORE HAS PROPOSED STARTING RETAIL PET THAN IN HER COUNTY. THESE HORRIFIC PUPPY MILLS HAVE HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF DOGS AND THE TREATMENT AS A PARENT. THEY ARE KEPT IN CAGES ALL THEIR LIVES. Reporter: THE PET STORES IN THIS COUNTY CAN STILL BE SUCCESSFUL. THEY CAN FOCUS ON PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. Reporter: THE OWNER OF PETLAND DISAGREES. Reporter: OF COURSE IT’S FRUSTRATING BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR SIX YEARS. Reporter: HE SAID IF HE FOCUSED ON PRODUCTS HE WOULD FAIL AGAINST ONLINE RETAILERS. HE ARGUES HIS BREEDERS ARE REGULATED, WELL TRAINED AND THEY ALL CARE ABOUT ANIMALS. HE EQUATES THIS TO A SMEAR CAMPAIGN. TRYING TO BAN A STORE TO FIX A BREEDER ISSUE IS BASICALLY LIKE SAYING IT’S LET’S CLOSE DOWN WALGREENS TO STOP THE OPIOID PROBLEM AND MANATEE COUNTY. Reporter: COMMISSIONERS DID

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