Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 130924
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File Number: 130924 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ANIMAL SERVICES NO KILL SHELTER Introduced: 5/9/2013
Requester: Animal Services Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 6/18/2013 Agenda Item Number: 9A1
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-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 6/18/2013 9A1 Amended
REPORT: (See Agenda Item 9A1 Amended; Legislative File No. 141291 for the amended version.)

Board of County Commissioners 6/4/2013 9A1 Deferred 6/18/2013 P
REPORT: The Board by motion duly made, seconded and carried, deferred the foregoing proposed resolution to the next Board of County Commissioners meeting and forwarded the item to the Public Safety and Animal Services Committee meeting scheduled for June 12, 2013 for discussion.

Public Safety & Animal Services Committee 5/15/2013 3H Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Edmonson that the foregoing proposed resolution be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Bovo, for discussion. Chairwoman Heyman provided a brief overview of the reason this resolution was before the committee and recognized the Mr. Alex Munoz, Animal Services Department Director, to give a report on the department’s recommendations for establishing a No Kill Shelter. Mr. Alex Munoz, Animal Services Department (ASD) Director, noted this was in response to the straw ballot regarding revenue for saving animals and reducing the stray animal population through sterilization. He clarified that the terms of the “No Kill” ordinance provided that 90 percent of the animals would be saved, since some would not survive due to illness or injury. Mr. Munoz expressed his appreciation to members of the Pets Trust, Inc. and the Humane Society for input, which was included in this report. He announced the save rate had reached 80 percent for dogs and 68 percent for cats, which was 28 percent a year and a half ago. Mr. Munoz presented a video of a rescued dog whose owner was located via microchip, a slideshow illustrating the statistics of rescue partnerships, and a news clip portraying the transporting of 91 stray cats to North Carolina, to be picked up by representatives from Maryland animal shelters and transported to Maryland in an effort to save them. He noted the department, in conjunction with community partners, had hosted some major events and presented a video regarding the “Adopt-a-Mania” pet adoption event at the Marlins Stadium. He noted the ASD would be working with community partners and rescue groups, including the Humane Society, the Pets Trust, and the Veterinarian Association. Additionally, Mr. Munoz advised that there would be an Advisory Board, established through a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Heyman, would provide guidance for this process. Discussion ensued between Commissioner Bovo and Mr. Munoz regarding the language in the ballot question providing the actual cost taxpayers would be paying; the location of the question regarding increasing taxes on the ballot; the cost to the County to spay and neuter each animal; whether the majority of animals spayed/neutered were strays; and whether compliance with this ordinance required construction of new shelters. Mr. Munoz stated that one of the recommendations in his report was to provide spay/neuter clinics, adding that the Veterinarian Association had offered to be part of the solution. He explained that if the County needed to build clinics, the resources would be generated from this same revenue source; no new funding would be required. In response to Commissioner Bovo’s inquiry as to whether alternatives to increasing taxes to fulfill the “No Kill” initiative had been considered, Mr. Munoz noted the activities highlighted today were alternative measures; however, he did not believe the increasing success rates could be achieved without the additional tax revenues. Commissioner Barreiro asked the Animal Services Department Director, Alex Munoz, to provide him with the costs the County paid to veterinary clinics to perform spay and neuter surgeries on animals. Mr. Munoz advised that written in the plan were specific instructions that the ASD must work with private veterinarians. Chairwoman Heyman commented that every step of this initiative had been and continues to be an inclusive process working with all groups making it a public/private process. She noted research was done to identify additional approaches to supplement what was already being done, in terms of financial resources. Following further discussion on the issue, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 5/9/2013 Assigned Dennis A. Kerbel 5/9/2013

County Mayor 5/9/2013 Assigned County Attorney 6/4/2013

County Mayor 5/9/2013 Assigned Alina Tejeda-Hudak 4/26/2013 5/9/2013

Legislative Text


WHEREAS, this Board, on July 3, 2012, adopted Resolution No. R-583-12 directing the Mayor to develop a program from Miami-Dade County with the goal of becoming a No Kill shelter and providing for a financially feasible strategic plan to implement lifesaving programs and services at Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department; and

WHEREAS, this Board, on July 17, 2012, adopted Resolution No. R-647-12 placing a non-binding straw ballot question on the general election ballot in Miami-Dade County whether they support the County Commission increasing the countywide general fund millage by 0.1079 mills to fund improved animal services programs in the County; and

WHEREAS, this Board, on December 4, 2012, adopted Resolution No. R-1050-12 directing the Mayor to include projections for increased funding based on voter approval of straw ballot for improved animal services programs in Strategic Plan for No Kill shelter; and

WHEREAS, this Board desires to accomplish the purposes outlined in the accompanying report from the Animal Services Department, a copy of which is incorporated herein by reference,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, this board accepts the recommendations in the attached report with funding recommendations to be provided as part of the proposed FY 2013-14 budget.


To: Honorable Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
and Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: Carlos A. Gimenez

Subject: Animal Services Department Report of Recommendations for Attaining a No-Kill Shelter

It is recommended that the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) adopt the attached report providing for an Animal Services Department (ASD) Strategic Plan (The Plan) implementing lifesaving programs with the goal of ASD becoming a no-kill shelter.

This item is countywide in nature as ASD provides services to all residents throughout Miami-Dade County.

Fiscal Impact/Funding Source
Funding would be provided by proceeds of the up to 0.1079 mills of property tax revenue and is subject to approval by the BCC as part of the annual budget process. An analysis of the fiscal impact indicates that the levy of the 0.1079 mills would yield approximately $18 million to $20 million annually.

Track Record/Monitor
Alex Muñoz, Director, ASD will implement and monitor the program.

The BCC directed that a program be developed with the goal of ASD becoming a no-kill shelter (Resolution No.R-538-12 listed as Attachment Two of the attached Plan) and to provide a plan considering the availability of additional funding in an amount equivalent to 0.1079 mills of countywide property tax revenue for improved animals services (Resolution No. R-1050-12 listed as Attachment Three of the attached Plan).

The attached Plan, prepared by ASD, includes recommendations for achieving these directives as described in the referenced no-kill resolutions and the Pets Trust Miami straw ballot initiative, which was approved by 64% of voters on November 6, 2012.

ASD recommends targeting any newly available resources towards eliminating the euthanasia of thousands of savable pets annually in the following areas: 1) increasing animal lives saved through adoption and rescue; 2) reducing shelter intake through targeted sterilization of dogs and cats; and 3) providing access to resources aimed at surrender prevention and programs for responsible pet ownership. For ease of review, a summary of

recommendations from the plan has been excerpted and attached to this memorandum as Table One.

ASD has consistently improved the animal save rate over the past several years for both dogs and cats. In 2012, the Department attained its highest save rate for dogs - saving approximately 75% of abandoned canines. The save rate for cats also peaked last year with 38% being saved and 70% over the last 4 months. The no-kill goal is defined as saving 90 % of savable dogs and cats.

Financial Feasibility Action Plan
As proposed in the attached plan, funding would be provided to ASD and available to other groups and not-for profit organizations working to save shelter animals. Priority would be given to programs that perform large-scale sterilization services, reduce the population of owned dogs and cats (targeted spay and neuter) and provide surrender prevention/pet retention services. Proposed funding recommendations are based on an estimated $20 million budget, the amount estimated by a full levy of the 0.1079 mills on the countywide property tax roll as directed by R-1050-12.

Implementation Plan
The recommendations highlighted throughout The Plan are comprehensive. In some cases, the recommendations may require that a revised or new policy be implemented. In other instances, funding is required for new and/or expanded programs that must be developed. Where funding is needed, service expansion will be commensurate with funding availability pursuant to future budget approval. Upon adoption of The Plan and/or elements herein, ASD is prepared to move forward with the expansion or establishment of the programs and services listed below based upon future budget approval:

-Comprehensive Adoption Program -Free Roaming Cat Trap Neuter and
Release /Trap Neuter and Give-back
-High Volume, Affordable Spay and Neuter -Large-Scale Volunteer Foster Care
Programs Programs
-Rescue Group Transfers Expansion -Medical and Behavioral Programs
-Proactive Pet Redemptions -Public Relations/
Community Involvement

By separate Resolution No. R-43-13, the Board directed that an Advisory Board be established to provide advisory recommendations. A companion item addressing this issue will be forthcoming for your consideration.

Alina T. Hudak
Deputy Mayor

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