Florida Senate - 2014 SB 1624 By Senator Sobel 33-00700B-14 20141624__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the sale of dogs or cats; creating 3 s. 828.291, F.S.; requiring a person offering for sale 4 within this state a dog or cat bred by certain 5 breeders to continuously display certain information; 6 requiring such information to be easily readable by a 7 potential buyer; creating s. 828.295, F.S.; defining 8 the term “flea market”; prohibiting a person from 9 willfully selling, exchanging, or donating, or 10 offering for sale, exchange, or donation a dog or cat 11 at a flea market; providing exceptions; establishing 12 criminal penalties; establishing enhanced criminal 13 penalties for certain violations; providing an 14 effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 828.291, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 828.291 Dogs or cats offered for sale; disclosure of 21 source.—A person offering for sale within this state a dog or 22 cat bred by a holder of a Class A or Class B license issued by 23 the United States Department of Agriculture shall continuously 24 display on or next to the enclosure of or in any print or 25 electronic advertisement for the dog or cat being offered for 26 sale the breeder’s printed name, city and state of residence, 27 and USDA license number. Such information must be easily 28 readable by a potential buyer. 29 Section 2. Section 828.295, Florida Statutes, is created to 30 read: 31 828.295 Sales of dogs or cats prohibited at flea markets.— 32 (1) As used in this section, the term “flea market” means 33 an organized event at which two or more persons offer 34 merchandise for sale or exchange, such as a swap meet or an open 35 air market. 36 (2) A person may not willfully sell, exchange, or donate, 37 or offer for sale, exchange, or donation a dog or cat at a flea 38 market. 39 (3) A county-operated or city-operated animal control 40 agency or a registered nonprofit humane organization is exempt 41 from this section. 42 (4)(a) A person who violates this section for the first 43 time commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as 44 provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 45 (b) A person who violates this section for a second or 46 subsequent time commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, 47 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 48 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.