Florida Senate - 2014 CS for SB 1624 By the Committee on Regulated Industries; and Senator Sobel 580-04173-14 20141624c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the sale of dogs or cats; creating 3 s. 828.295, F.S.; defining the term “flea market”; 4 prohibiting a person from willfully selling, 5 exchanging, or donating, or offering for sale, 6 exchange, or donation a dog or cat at a flea market; 7 providing exceptions; establishing criminal penalties; 8 establishing enhanced criminal penalties for certain 9 violations; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 828.295, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 828.295 Sales of dogs or cats prohibited at flea markets.— 16 (1) As used in this section, the term “flea market” means 17 an organized event at which two or more persons offer 18 merchandise for sale or exchange, such as a swap meet or an open 19 air market. 20 (2) A person may not willfully sell, exchange, or donate, 21 or offer for sale, exchange, or donation a dog or cat at a flea 22 market. 23 (3) A county-operated or city-operated animal control 24 agency or a registered nonprofit humane organization is exempt 25 from this section. 26 (4)(a) A person who violates this section for the first 27 time commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as 28 provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 29 (b) A person who violates this section for a second or 30 subsequent time commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, 31 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 32 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.