Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112665
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File Number: 112665 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-150-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: COUNTY LEASE/OWN PROPERTY PREVENTION FOR CRUELTY OF ANIMALS Introduced: 12/21/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/7/2012
Agenda Date: 2/7/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A2
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO REVIEW REAL PROPERTY OWNED AND LEASED BY MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, DETERMINE IF ANY LAND CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS TO FACILITATE THE CARE OF ABANDONED, NEGLECTED, AND ABUSED HORSES AND LARGE ANIMALS, AND REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IN 60 DAYS
Indexes: ANIMALS
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

Board of County Commissioners 2/7/2012 11A2 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Heyman asked staff to review real property owned and leased by Miami-Dade County to determine if any land could be made available to the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to facilitate the care of abandoned, neglected, and abused horses and large animals. She requested this report be presented to the Board of County Commissioners within sixty days.

Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 1/10/2012 2A Forwarded with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 12/21/2011 Referred Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 1/10/2012

County Attorney 12/21/2011 Assigned Michael B. Valdes

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO REVIEW REAL PROPERTY OWNED AND LEASED BY MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, DETERMINE IF ANY LAND CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS TO FACILITATE THE CARE OF ABANDONED, NEGLECTED, AND ABUSED HORSES AND LARGE ANIMALS, AND REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN 60 DAYS

BODY
WHEREAS, the State of Florida has an incredibly large horse population of over half a million, which ranks as the third largest in the United States; and
WHEREAS, some of these horses are regrettably subject to heinous acts of neglect, abuse, abandonment, or slaughter; and
WHEREAS, there is a definitive need in Miami-Dade County for services to protect and rehabilitate these animals; and
WHEREAS, the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) is a non-profit organization that has served the community in this endeavor since 1992 by organizing the rescue of over 1,700 horses and livestock animals, providing shelter, food, veterinary care, training, and rehabilitation to animals in their care, and attempting to secure adoptive homes, when appropriate; and
WHEREAS, the SFSPCA also performs a valuable public service by moving large stray animals to their facility and away from public streets and highways where the animals could endanger the lives of citizens; and
WHEREAS, the SFSPCA is presently partnered with Miami-Dade County to handle the transport, impound, and care of large animals in the County that are victims of abuse and neglect, thereby allowing the County to comply with its obligations under Florida Statutes §§ 588.21 and 588.22 in an economically efficient manner that ensures considerable savings to Miami-Dade taxpayers; and
WHEREAS, these difficult economic times have diminished the budgets for animal rescue organizations across the board, while simultaneously creating a greater need for these services as more horses and large animals are abandoned or neglected by owners facing financial hardship; and
WHEREAS, the SFSPCA presently faces the daunting task of performing this valuable service while having rising expenses that exceed their diminishing funds; and
WHEREAS, the County incurs maintenance costs on property it owns but does not occupy or use for County purposes; and
WHEREAS, the County could reduce some of these maintenance costs by conveying or leasing these properties to non-profit organizations, like the SFSPCA, that need operating space to provide much-needed services; and
WHEREAS, the SFSPCA could potentially reduce their operating budgets or increase their level of service by receiving or leasing space from the County at a nominal or reduced rate; and
WHEREAS, Florida Statues § 125.38 provides a mechanism by which County-owned property may be conveyed or leased to non-profit organization at a nominal or reduced rate; and
WHEREAS, if any County land were found to be available for these purposes, the SFSPCA could then apply to the Board of County Commissioner for conveyance or lease of such property pursuant to Florida Statutes § 125.38,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The County Mayor or Mayor’s designee is hereby directed to review real property owned or leased by Miami-Dade County.
Section 2. The County Mayor or Mayor’s designee is directed to determine if any land can be made available to the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to facilitate the care of abandoned, neglected, and abused horses and large animals, .
Section 3. The County Mayor or Mayor’s designee is directed to report back to the Board of County Commissioners within sixty (60) days with the results of that review.



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