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State Pet Shop Laws: Florida

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Definitions:

  • Animal: includes every living dumb creature. (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.02)
  • Pet dealer: any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other association which, in the ordinary course of business, engages in the sale of more than two litters, or 20 dogs or cats, per year, whichever is greater, to the public. This definition includes breeders of animals who sell such animals directly to a consumer. Excludes animal shelters and pounds. This definition applies only to § 828.29. (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)
  • Pet shop not defined.

Vet Care:

  • Vet inspection certificate must travel with each cat or dog imported into the state for sale. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)
  • Vet inspection certificate required for each cat or dog offered for sale. Certificate must describe the cat or dog. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)

Housing:

  • Perching birds must be provided with a perch of sufficient diameter to prevent the meeting of the bird’s claws and high enough to prevent floor contact. Perches must accommodate all birds in the cage simultaneously. (FLA. ADMIN. CODE r. 68A-6.004)
  • Psittacine birds must be in cages that meet minimum dimensions based on the size of the birds. Exceptions for hatchling birds and birds held temporarily at flea markets, swap meets and exotic animal auctions. (FLA. ADMIN. CODE r. 68A-6.004, r. 68A-6.0041)

Lemon Laws:

  • Vaccinations must be given to each cat or dog offered for sale. [See statute for specifics.] (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)
  • Vet inspection certificate must be given to the buyer of a cat or dog at the time of sale. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)
  • Pet dealers must give a written paper that states the consumers’ rights to each buyer of a cat or dog. The paper must list all medications administered, a certificate of vet exam, and notice of the state lemon law. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)
  • Lemon law that offers recourse to those who purchase sick or diseased animals from pet shops. [See FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29 for consumer remedies for the purchase of an ill or diseased animal.]

Food and Water:

  • N/A

Sanitary Conditions:

  • N/A

Unweaned Animals:

  • Prohibits anyone from importing into the state or offering for sale any kitten or puppy under 8 weeks. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • License not required for pet shops. License required for exotic bird or pet bird breeders and dealers. (FLA. ADMIN. CODE r. 68A-6.006)
  • Allows state agriculture dept, USDA, law enforcement, or humane agents to inspect cats and dogs and records (of seller and vet). (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.29)
  • Anyone selling dogs (commercially) must record chain of ownership. Records can be inspected by law enforcement. (Penalty: 2nd degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 877.14)
  • Anyone selling or transferring a non-native bird must keep records for 2 years. Records subject to inspection by conservation commission and public health agencies. (FLA. ADMIN. CODE r. 68A-6.006)
  • If pet shops euthanize animals, pet shops must euthanize warm-blooded animals offered for sale or obtained for sale using only a sodium pent. derivative or a substance/ procedure that acts on the central nervous system and is clinically proven as humane. Exception: animals held as food for another animal. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.065)
  • Pet shops must use a lethal solution in the following order of preference:

    • IV injection
    • Intraperitoneal injection
    • Intracardial injection
    • Solution added to food (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.065)
  • Prohibits pet shops from using neuromuscular blocking agents or a chamber that causes a change in body oxygen on warm-blooded animals. Exception: commercially bottled CO gas. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. 828.065)
  • Euthanasia on pet shop animals must be performed by a vet or person who is humane and proficient. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.065)
  • Prohibits pet shops from leaving an animal unattended between the time euthanasia begins and death occurs. (Penalty: 1st degree misdemeanor) (FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.065)

Notes:

  1. Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
  2. The definition of “animal” may actually be broadly written while the types of animals covered by the law (e.g., veterinary care, sanitation, food and water) may be more narrowly drafted.

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