Pinellas County will hold workshop to update animal ordinance
Pinellas County officials want to hear from residents about making changes to an ordinance that regulates pet dealers and kennels.
Staffers from the county's animal services will hold a workshop Wednesday in the Magnolia Room of the Florida Botanical Gardens on Ulmerton Road in Largo. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The changes will help improve animal welfare and provide more consumer protection for pet purchases, the agency said.
Doug Brightwell, director of animal services, said officials want to hear from "hobby breeders" and any other residents who have concerns about tightening rules.
He classified hobby breeders as individuals who breed no more than two litters or 20 animals a year and belong to a local, state or national association.
In October, the agency presented information to county commissioners to update an old ordinance, but hobby breeders raised concerns, Brightwell said.
He expects to present a new ordinance to commissioners sometime in January. A new ordinance could also focus on animal sales at flea markets and roadside stands, he added.
"We need to update it and bring it into the modern day," Brightwell said about the older ordinance.