Florida Senate - 2020                              CS for SB 186
       By the Committee on Judiciary; and Senator Taddeo
       590-02760-20                                           2020186c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the lease of dogs and cats;
    3         creating s. 828.32, F.S.; prohibiting the transfer of
    4         possession of dogs and cats under specified
    5         circumstances; prohibiting the lease of dogs and cats
    6         under certain circumstances; providing remedies for
    7         noncompliance; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Section 828.32, Florida Statutes, is created to
   12  read:
   13         828.32 Lease of dogs or cats prohibited.—
   14         (1)A person may not do any of the following:
   15         (a)Transfer possession of a dog or cat, if the dog or cat
   16  is used as collateral for the transfer agreement or is subject
   17  to repossession in any manner upon default of the agreement.
   18         (b)Lease a dog or cat, if the lease terms provide for or
   19  offer the option of transferring ownership of the dog or cat at
   20  the end of the lease period.
   21         (2)In addition to any other remedies provided by law, the
   22  consumer taking possession of a dog or cat in a transfer
   23  prohibited by this section is the owner of the dog or cat and is
   24  entitled to the return of all amounts the consumer paid under
   25  such lease.
   26         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.