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Updated: 01/02/2014 03:59:13PM

Sarasota delays action on pet ordinance

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By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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SARASOTA COUNTY — After listening to more than two hours of public comment Tuesday on both sides of a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores in Sarasota County, commissioners pushed back any action on the ordinance for 60 days to get clarification from legal staff.

More than 200 people packed the commission chambers at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center in South Venice — including a large group of citizens against the ordinance who arrived on a charter bus from Sarasota. Nearly 60 people, from concerned citizens to veterinarians to nearly an entire staff of one of the stores that would be affected by the ordinance, signed up to speak during public comment.

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