PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA. On February 19th the commissioners in Pasco County voted 4-1 and passed the anti-tethering law to protect the animals of Pasco. This means an animal cannot be tied outside without someone present. Commissioner Jack Mariano was the one vote against the law. He admits sometimes he tethers his own dog to the porch, which was one of the reasons behind his vote. The long awaited vote came afer several attempts to make this the law of the land. This is a feather in the cap for Pasco commissioners. A good example of people working together to improve the life of animals. It's a proven fact that tethering an animal causes aggression in some dogs and the lack of socialization can have lasting effects. A new measure to regulate the sale of animals at flea markets did not pass as hoped but will be looked at again in the near future. Mr. Mariano defended the breeders and animal sales. The sale of animals at flea markets promotes the breeding of dogs and cats that add to the endless supply of unwanted pets in shelters. The puppy mills are the worst offender of this horrific situation that continues to plague this nation and other countries. As the public becomes more aware of this we hope other counties in Forida will follow the example of Pasco. As animal advocates unite and bring awareness to many issues of animal welfare, the leaders of this county and others must change with the times. The voiceless will not remain quite as long as people who truly care speak up for the one's that can't.
Please email and phone your county commissioners to encourage them to ban animal sales at flea markets. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any animal issues that need to be addressed.