Commisioners to take up pet store ordinance

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - UPDATE:

Delray Beach city commissioners have passed a ban on the sale of pets from puppy mills.

A group called 'Shut Down Puppy Mills' is pushing for the ordinance. Members claim pet stores in the city are selling puppies from puppy mills.

EARLIER STORY:

Delray Beach commissioners are voting on a new ordinance Tuesday that would stop businesses from breeding dogs in inhumane conditions.

Many dogs in puppy mills are kept in cages with more than eight other dogs and in very poor conditions.

Delray Beach commissioners are hoping banning purchases from these mills will make people adopt dogs from shelters and save city tax dollars.

How do you know if you're buying a dog from puppy mill?

* Female dogs are bred every cycle
* No records of dog's parents
* No guarantee of the animal's health
* More than 20 puppies on site.
* No genetic testing performed

If commissioners pass the ordinance, there would be a chance for the public comment before the measure is approved July 1.

The new law would then impose a $400 fine for buying a pet from a puppy mill.

Lake Worth and Wellington have already adopted similar ordinances.

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