PBC wants Trump administration policy change on animal breeders

Palm Beach County is expected to discuss a resolution Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to resume posting information on animal breeders who violate standards monitored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In an effort to shut down so-called pet mills, which critics contend house and breed animals in inhumane conditions, the county banned the sale of puppies and kittens at new pet stores. But existing pet stores were allowed to continue selling the animals as long as they were obtained from breeders who are licensed and not in violation of USDA standards.

» Trump administration’s policy change undercuts county puppy-sales law

In February, however, the USDA under the Trump administration removed from its website information on breeders with violations. That means neither the county nor pet stores know which breeders have violations.

The USDA change, along with concerns about the treatment of animals at Star Pups in Royal Palm Beach, has led to calls for the county to revisit its policy of allowing existing pet stores to sell puppies and kittens.

Palm Beach County OKs tougher pet store rules

Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday set new rules animal control managers say will help stanch the flow from so-called “puppy mills.”

The vote was 6-0; Priscilla Taylor had had to leave to attend a luncheon.

091316-met-pet-store-02Commissioners had approved the rules on a first vote Sept, 13, following a contentious debate.  Animal rights advocates said it wouldn’t do enough. And the eight pet stores in the county that still could sell dogs and cats were for it; they would be the only game in town.

For Tuesday’s second vote, the county stuck with its stance to “grandfather” in existing pet stores that sell dogs and cats.

But it added a provision to yank permission for two major health or safety violations five years. 

And it moved up the date the rules to take effect, to Oct. 1. Commissioner Melissa McKinlay had said at the Sept. 13 meeting that she worried entrepreneurs would rush to set up a pet store and qualify for the grandfather clause.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com

Palm Beach County Commission to tackle pet rules today

091316-met-pet-store-02A contentious set of tough new rules for pet stores goes to a second and final vote at today’s Palm Beach County Commission meeting.

The county’s Department of Animal Care and Control says the rules are designed to reduce the flow of animals from so-called “puppy mills.”

Also on Tuesday’s agenda:

Lifeguards: will again visit pleas by county ocean rescue lifeguards that they be classified as “special risk” in order to get additional benefits.

Child Care: Will consider tough new guidelines for the county’s hundreds of child care centers.

Incentives: Expected to approve $357,000 in incentives to “Project Emblem,” now revealed as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, for its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton; and offer $89,000, as part of a state match, to “Project Cranium,” an as-yet undisclosed company wanting to more its regional headquarters to the county.

Vehicles for Hire: Set to take the second of two votes on new “reciprocity” rules for taxis, limos, and app-based rides such as Uber and Lyft, for five southeast Florida counties.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Public comment at 2 p.m. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

 

Check out the new animal lovers specialty license plate

animalfriends_samplAnimal lovers who want a specialty plate have a new look.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Thursday displayed its redesigned “Animal Friend” specialty license plate. It will be delivered to tax collector and tag agency offices and available by Oct. 7.

Find locations at https://www.flhsmv.gov/locations.

You’ll pay a $25 specialty plate fee on top of other registration fees.

As of Sept. 1, Florida has 19,589 registered Animal Friend plates. They’ve been available since April 2005.  Money goes to Florida Animal Friend, Inc., to pay for spay and neuter programs.

For a list of Florida’s specialty license plates, visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/specialtytags/.

Palm Beach County Commission gets Westlake impact update today

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What impact will  the planned Westlake development, formerly called Minto West, have on the surrounding area? Commissioners will get a report at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Also on the agenda:

Pets: Set to take the first of two votes on tough new rules for pet stores that the head of the county’s Animal Care and Control says are designed to reduce the flow of animals from so-called “puppy mills.”

Vehicles for Hire: Set to take the first of two votes on new “reciprocity” rules for taxis, limos, and app-based rides such as Uber, for five southeast Florida counties.

PBIA: Would approve the replacement of a bookstore at Palm Beach International Airport with a “gourmet market.”

Fire Stations: Would agree to buy the property where it operates two fire-rescue stations for the Village of Royal Palm Beach, saying it was cheaper in the long run than leasing.031616 met barn fire011

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Public comment at 2 p.m. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

More than 1,000 pets available Sept. 10 for you to take home

031416 Pet Parade Portraits 16Imagine 2,000 eyes giving you that look only a shelter pet can.

As many as 1,000 dogs and cats will be on hand for what organizers say is the county’s biggest adoption event of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The third annual Countdown 2 Zero adoption event is presented by The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and organized by the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, and more than two dozen local animal rescue organizations. The first two events found homes for nearly 600 animals.

Organizers said they also want to spread the word about having pets spayed or neutered, as part of the campaign to end the euthanizing of shelter animals.

Admission and parking are free and many of the groups will offer discounts and incentives. All adopters will receive gifts as well as free rabies tags.

Call 561-472-8845 or email info@countdown2zero.org.

Raining cats and dogs: Palm Beach County offers $4 adoptions next week

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Adopting a pet will cost you less than lunch for four days next week.

From Thursday through Sunday, July 28-July 31, Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control will offer adoptions for just $4 at its headquarters at 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

All newly adopted-pets will be spayed or neutered and microchipped, will be current on vaccinations, and will go home with a free bag of pet food and more.

Visit www.pbcgov.com/animal for more information or to see a listing of all animals available for adoption.

Missed your chance to adopt a pet? Palm Beach County promotions extended

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Did you miss your chance last weekend to adopt a pet? You’re getting another shot.

Over the July 4 weekendPalm Beach County Animal Care and Control waived adoption fees for cats and kittens and set a “name your price” adoption promotion for dogs.

Animal Care said Wednesday it’s now extending the two promotions through this Sunday, July 10.

Pets are spayed or neutered, are current on vaccinations and microchipped, have a current county tag, and go out the door with a free bag of food and a certificate worth $500 in pet health care.

The shelter is at 7100 Belvedere Road in suburban West Palm Beach. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more or to view pictures of adoptable animals online, visit www.pbcgov.com/animal or call 561-233-1272.

 

Cats gratis! Doggie discounts! See Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

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Celebrate your independence this weekend by attaching yourself to a pet.

In an effort to save more lives and connect more of its shelter animals with homes. Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control will waive adoption fees for cats and kittens and has set a “name your price” adoption promotion for dogs. Both promotions run through Sunday.

Pets are spayed or neutered, are current on vaccinations and microchipped, have a current county tag, and leave along with a free bag of food and a certificate worth $500 in pet health care.

The shelter is at 7100 Belvedere Road in suburban West Palm Beach. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The shelter is closed Monday for the July 4 holiday.

For more,  visit www.pbcgov.com/animal or call (561) 233-1272.

Palm Beach County Commissioners tackle Uber today — again

palm-beach-county-logo020115-UBER-3Grab your app. Uber’s back.

The Palm Beach County Commission once again will tackle the issue of how the app-based ride service and similar ones are regulated, and whether they are getting an unfair advantage over traditional taxis and limos.

 

The biggest aspect of the Uber package commissioners will consider: both Uber-style outfits and taxis would be responsible to either conduct their own background checks or hire the county to do the more comprehensive and costly fingerprint-based “Level II” checks for them. That, and what insurance would be required of drivers in both endeavors, have been sticking points in the debate for going on two years.

The commission might also talk some more about last week’s charge by the county’s inspector general that officials of the Palm Tran Connection cooked their books to improve the on-time record for the bus service for the disabled, elderly and ill.

Other items on the agenda:

Trespass: Would approve new rules that allow for banning people from county parks and recreational areas for a year or more for various violations.Diamond

Donations: Would give Animal Care and Control autonomy to make donation deals with businesses for items in “goodie bags” given to pet adopters.

Sportsman’s Park: Would let Lantana build just two docks instead of three at its waterfront Sportsman’s Park and spend the extra money on seawall and parking lot improvements.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting:

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.