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Pet dealer whose license was previously revoked now prohibited from any further involvement in the pet trade industry within Miami-Dade County

MIAMI (October 20, 2015)

The Miami Dade County Animal Services Department has entered into a settlement agreement with the owner of Cute Puppies USA, Inc., Ceneida Gutierrez, whose pet dealer license was revoked by Animal Services on August 25, 2015.

The settlement became effective on October 16, 2015. The terms of the settlement agreement include administrative closure of the civil violation notices issued to Ms. Gutierrez on August 25, 2015. Ms. Gutierrez is also prohibited from any further involvement in the pet trade industry within Miami-Dade County and the pet dealer permit for Cute Puppies USA Inc., located at 9353 SW 40th Street in Miami, was surrendered effective immediately.

"The Department is pleased with the outcome of this investigation which has been ongoing since January 2015", said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services. "We will continue to actively pursue pet dealers operating in violation of the laws enacted to protect pets and ensure their humane treatment", added Munoz.

The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Ordinance 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 Ms. Gutierrez’s license, this past August, was based on unpaid citations for violations related to failure to administer required vaccinations to a dog prior to sale. The inspection in August resulted in fifty-five (55) findings of failure to comply with primary enclosure standards requiring that floors be a solid surface and impervious to moisture. Cute Puppies was immediately prohibited from selling pets to the public. An additional twenty-three (23) citations were also issued for failure to display/provide Certificates of Source. 

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 or call 3-1-1. 

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Every year Miami-Dade County ASD provides care and refuge for over 27,000 unwanted 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 adoptions 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.