Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 071078
   

File Number: 071078 File Type: Discussion Item Status: In Committee
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Health and Public Safety Committee
File Name: COUNTY'S PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING LARGE ANIMALS Introduced: 4/4/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number:
Notes: Title: DISCUSSION REGARDING THE COUNTY'S PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING LARGE ANIMALS
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Health and Public Safety Committee 4/12/2007 1D2 Presented
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Valda Clark Christian read the title of the foregoing discussion item into the record. Commissioner Heyman thanked Dr. Pizano for bringing forth this issue regarding the need for procedures to deal with large animals (cows, horses, etc.) that were brought to the County. Dr. Sara Pizana, Director, Animal Services, appeared before the Committee and noted there was no budget for the care of large animals brought to the County due to neglect, cruelty, or abandonment. She listed the Florida Statutes that stated the County was responsible for these animals. Dr. Pizana advised that the Department enlisted the help of the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a nonprofit organization established in 1992 to care for the animals. She noted this was a temporary solution since the owner of the property was planning to develop the site commercially within the next two years. Dr. Pizana noted she was searching for property on which the Department could establish a ranch to provide permanent care for those animals. As a long-term goal, she recommended a partnership between the Corrections and Animal Services Departments and the SPCA as a vendor. Dr. Pizana stated this would provide an opportunity to rehabilitate at-risk youth while providing care for the animals, as well as qualify for grant funds. Commissioner Heyman expressed concern regarding policy in that the Florida Statutes required the County to assume responsibility and physical care of these animals. She suggested that the County explore parks as alternative sites, consider land acquisitions, determine the County’s obligation, and look for unexplored opportunities. Commissioner Moss asked Assistant County Manager Mae Bryant to develop a plan for the care of large animals subjected to neglect, cruelty or abandonment. Dr. Pizana agreed to meet with Commissioner Diaz following today’s meeting to address his concerns regarding the current process for picking up stray animals from neighborhoods.

County Attorney 4/4/2007 Referred Health and Public Safety Committee 4/12/2007

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