Miami-Dade leads the way in protecting animals from puppy mill type operations.

Commissioner Lynda Bell has proposed an ordinance that would require breeders to register with the county and limit the number of times a female can be used for breeding.

The legislation would hold pet stores responsible for selling unhealthy animals, not just the breeders.

The ordinance will go up for a second reading in September.

If passed, pet stores defying the rules will be fined per animal.

Multiple violations could eventually shut down a pet store business.



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