TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Weeks after Hillsborough County closed a dog breeding business, county commissioners are meeting to consider strengthening ordinances around the sale of animals.
The Hillsborough County Pet Retailing Ordinance was put in place in 2017. It restricts dogs purchased from commercial breeders and requires all new pet stores to only sell adopted animals from the county.
More than 350 dogs were removed from Trish’s All Breeds Pet Grooming in late September after authorities received calls about unsafe and dirty conditions for the animals.
These animals were among more than 200,000 dogs in the United States that live in commercial breeding facilities across the country. More than 300 cities and counties, as well as two states, have passed pet retailing laws since 2011.
Hillsborough County authorities began removing animals from Trish’s All Breeds Pet Grooming in 1998. Since then, more than 800 animals have been removed from the site, according to Hillsborough County spokesperson Todd Pratt.
8 On Your Side has contacted authorities to find out how many ranchers are in Hillsborough County, but have yet to receive an official response.
Any changes to the Pet Retail Ordinance will be presented to the Board of Directors at its November 6 meeting.