Tampa pet store stops selling puppies, offering rescue dogs for adoption instead


OUR SYSTEM WHO WERE TREATED BY THIS THERAPIST AND IN COLLABORATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT WE WILL BE REACHING OUT TO ALL OF THOSE AFFECT THE TO OFFER ANY AND ALL SUPPORT THEY MAY NEED.” A TOWN & COUNTRY PET STORES TAKING A STAND TONIGHT AGAINST PUPPY MILLS AND RETAIL DOG SALES. NEWS CHANNEL 8’S REPORTER JOINS US OUTSIDE OF SUPER PET OF TAMPA WHERE YOU COULD BUY PUPPIES BEFORE BUT NOW, NO MORE. Reporter: NO MORE IS RIGHT. THE OWNERS HEARSAY ITS NEW POLICY MEANS A NEW ERA FOR THE STORE. YOU WOULD THINK GETTING RID OF PUPPY SALES WOULD BE BAD FOR BUSINESS BUT IT IS JUST THE OPPOSITE. SUPER PET YOU CAN FIND JUST ABOUT ANY PET, BIRDS, FISH, EVEN THIS LIZARD THING. BUT WHAT YOU WON’T FIND ANYMORE OUR DOGS. WE HAVE TO HAVE SOME SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AS A PET STORE. Reporter: SHE OWNS IT WITH HER HUSBAND AND THEY DECIDED TO DITCH SELLING PUPPIES AND ONLY OFFER RESCUED SHELTER DOGS AND DOG ADOPTION EVENTS. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PASSED AN ORDINANCE IN 2017 BANNING PUPPY SALES AND EXISTING PET STORES WERE EXEMPT. I THINK ADOPTION IS THE BEST ROUTE. THERE ARE TONS OF DOGS OUT THERE WHO NEED HOMES. Reporter: NEARLY 2 MILLION DOGS ARE SAVED FROM BREEDING FACILITIES MANY OF WHICH ARE UNLICENSED. THE DOGS THEY SOLD CAME FROM U.S. CERTIFIED BREEDER DEALERS BUT IT LEFT A BAD TASTE IN SOME CUSTOMERS MOUNTS. A LOT OF PEOPLE STOP SHOPPING AT OUR STORE. Reporter: ALL SHE CAN HOPE FOR NOW IS OTHER PET STORES FOLLOW SUIT. I THINK IT IS A GOOD START. I THINK THERE IS A WAYS TO GO. Reporter: AND TO USHER IN THE NEW ERA SO TO SPEAK, SUPER

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