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The Pasco County Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, on a proposed ordinance that seeks to limit pet stores in the county to offering only dogs and cats obtained from an animal shelter or an animal rescue organization.

The proposed definition of “animal rescue organization” would exclude breeders and entities affiliated with or housed on the premises of a breeder.  This could potentially negatively impact certain non-profit purebred dog rescue organizations, advocates, and breeders who, without compensation, perform volunteer rescue and rehoming activities on behalf of their breeds.  There is also a concern that the definition implies that breeders should not be involved in rescue work.

An enacting vote could be held immediately following the public hearing on Tuesday.


Contact Pasco County Commissioners to express your concerns.  An email message can be sent to all commissioners at

Residents who wish to virtually participate in the meeting should submit this form no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 7.  Be sure to reference agenda item P1, Animal Services Ordinance.

The public hearing section of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

For talking points, read AKC’s position statement on Pet Choice, and the article Why Pet Shop Laws Affect You.

For additional information, contact AKC Government Relations at