On November 9, the city of Casselberry, Florida, joined a group of cities in that state who, this month, passed laws and enacted restrictions banning the sale of dogs and cats, obtained from puppy and kitten mills, in local pet stores. According to Best Friends, in November, two additional Florida cities, West Melbourne and Deerfield Beach, joined that prestigious list. Casselberry is the first city in Central Florida to pass a partial ban on sales of those animals. The ban will allow independent breeders, such as those who breed and sell animals in their own stores, or on non-retail premises or to other facilities, to continue to operate. However, proper and accurate documentation, or "certificate of source", will need to be provided for those animals.
Local pet advocates hope that other Central Florida cities such as Deland, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs and Longwood adopt the idea. If that happens, it might catch on with larger governments like Orlando. The cities that have banned or partially banned the sales of dogs and cats will still allow pets from shelters and rescues to be marketed to prospective adoptive families. The rescue must be one that is duly registered with the Florida Department of State and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as applicable, and with the appropriate authority in the jurisdiction in which the not-for-profit legal entity is headquartered.