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For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2013
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre


Chairwoman Sosa wants schoolchildren to learn about responsible pet ownership

(MIAMI) – When it comes to proper pet care, it’s never too young to learn. That’s why Miami-Dade County is looking to team up with the public school system to educate elementary schoolchildren in responsible pet ownership.

County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa is sponsoring a resolution authorizing the County to help Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) develop their planned animal care education program this school year for students in grades 3 through 5. The move follows MDCPS’s request for such assistance from the County’s Animal Services Department.

The resolution, which received a favorable recommendation on Oct. 9 from the County’s Public Safety & Animal Services Committee, is scheduled for a County Commission vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

“With so many cases of neglected, abused or abandoned pets in our community, education has to be a big part of the solution, and the earlier children can begin learning about respecting and caring for animals, the better,” said Chairwoman Sosa.

The Animal Services Department has produced a number of animal care education materials, including a video to promote responsible pet ownership and encourage adoption of pets from the County’s animal shelter.

For more information about the resolution, please call Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.