(Miami-Dade County, FL) --Hoping to protect canines that are charged with protecting local businesses, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan proposed an ordinance that would safeguard those dogs living in deplorable conditions. On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, the legislation passed when Commissioner Jordan asked her colleagues to adopt a similar measure in Broward and Palm Beach counties, that cracks down on guard dog companies and owners whose dogs live and operate in harmful environments.
“As the summer approaches, the temperatures will reach unbearable levels,” said Commissioner Jordan. “We need to ensure that these animals are not enduring the heat and have adequate food and water.”
According to the proposed ordinance, guard dog companies and owners must register and receive a license for each guard dog patrolling a non-residential property. Registrations must be renewed annually and guard dogs must be checked by a veterinarian every six months to determine if the animal is healthy and physically fit to perform the duties of a guard dog.