The Sarasota County Commission will discuss a proposed amendment to an ordinance adopted in April of 2016. The staff is recommending that the hobby breeder definition be eliminated and that the definition of “Commercial Establishment” be modified to more clearly exclude those who engage in occasional sales and responsible hobby breeding. This action is in response to requests from local responsible breeders and kennel clubs. It appears that there may be continuing opposition from other local animal groups and their lawyers.
The AKC urges responsible dog owners and breeders to attend the meeting and voice their opinions about these proposed changes.
Sarasota County Commission Meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Council Chambers, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL
According to the Staff Memo from the Planning and Development Services Department, staff is recommending that the ordinance be amended to eliminate the current definition of “hobby breeder” and to replace the definition of “commercial establishment.”
Proposed definition of “commercial establishment” (additions are underlined):
Commercial establishment shall mean a business which is open to the public, with regular business hours, that engages in a retail sale. An occasional sale at a pet grooming business, boarding kennel, or veterinary office shall not constitute a retail sale at a commercial establishment. A private residential property shall not constitute a commercial establishment.”
What You Can Do:
- Attend the Sarasota County Commission meeting on June 21, 2016 and participate in the continuing discussion about this ordinance.
- Contact the members of the Sarasota County Commission by email or phone prior to the meeting and inform them of your concerns with the original ordinance and the proposed changes.
AKC Position Statement: Canine Population Issues
Issue Analysis: The Value of Responsible Dog Breeders
AKC Position Statement: Breeding Restrictions
AKC Position Statement: Responsible Breeding Practices
Responsible Breeding Practices Issue Brief
Sarasota County Commission
Chairman Alan Maio
Vice-Chairman Paul Caragiulo
Commissioner Carolyn J. Mason
Commissioner Christine Robinson
Commissioner Charles D. Hines, Esq.
The Sarasota County Commission will discuss a proposed amendment to an ordinance adopted in April of 2016. The staff is recommending that the hobby breeder definition be eliminated and that the definition of Commercial Establishment be modified to more clearly exclude those who engage in occasional sales and responsible hobby breeding.