I am a pet dealer in Volusia County, I obtain and abide with all the regulations according to law including the extra laws in which Volusia County Animal control has put in place.
Volusia County Animal Control - Officer Greg in particular, has been less than fair. They decided to suspend my license, based on complaint rather than law.
Based on many conversations with Animal Control in Volusia County they are against the sale of any animals and would rather no one sell puppies. Well how do you think America would be without our pets? Therefore, they are acting on emotions rather than laws.
The pet business is hard, we are often given the perception of not caring about the puppy or the parents and in it only for the money, and I would encourage anyone to provide me the name of one person or one company that is primarily a breeder or pet dealer that has a name on wall street or stocks available. This business is not a huge profit business, it is a labor of love and well if you can pay the bills with it, what is wrong with that? And trust me, it barely pays the bills.
The Vets profit well from our sales, that turns into a client for them, the city in general profits, (each dog and cat is registered and that requires a fee), the big dog food companies, they profit... but because Animal Control does not like the fact that dogs are being "sold" and oh by the way, in Volusia county you can not even give a puppy or dog away unless a Vet certifies it healthy... help me to understand who is profiting and why they never want anyone to breed dogs.
The Animal Control officers are not versed in the law -in my optinion, this officer in particular has to keep looking back at the law for reference, how is it that they are put into a position of authority and not know the law.
God bless everyone who thinks they will be able to buy a pet in the next 5 years as county by county our rights are being slowly taken away, I believe the way of the future is it seems you will be able to go into Wal-Mart or a big chain, pick out your puppy, run it through the register and then try to fight that huge orginazation, just try. Then they will say a puppy mill is the best way to raise dogs, it helps to regulate the industry.... I hope that is not our future !!!