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Miami-Dade Animal Services revokes pet dealer’s license for non-compliance with Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Ordinance

MIAMI (August 25, 2015)

This morning, Miami-Dade Animal Services revoked the Pet Dealer license issued to Cute Puppies USA Inc., located at 9353 SW 40th Street Miami for failure to comply with provisions of the Miami-Dade Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Ordinance which took effect on January 1, 2015.

As a result, Cute Puppies USA Inc. is now prohibited from engaging in the sale of animals to the public. The legislation contains requirements regarding the housing, care and permitted sources of dogs and cats offered for retail sale in Miami-Dade County.

The revocation of the license was based on more than fifty (50) findings of failure to comply with primary enclosure standards requiring that floors be a solid surface and impervious to moisture. As an immediate corrective measure Animal Services has provided temporary housing for the fifty-two (52) puppies in the store, pending an appeal process. Cute Puppies is not allowed to sell pets to the public. An additional twenty-three (23) citations were also issued for failure to display/provide Certificates of Source.

“As part of our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the pets in our community, to ensure compliance with the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Ordinance,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services. “The ordinance is designed to ensure humane treatment of these vulnerable young animals.”

Every week approximately 500 dogs and cats are abandoned by their owners at Animal Services. For more information visit the Miami-Dade Animal Services website.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 abandoned dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoption at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County. For more information call 3-1-1.