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November 29, 2007

Proposal at Miami-Dade to Expand Pet-Friendly Services at MIA

The following is under consideration by the county commission:

RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF ANIMAL RELIEF AREAS AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; AND REQUESTING MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO REPORT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS ON THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPROVING SAME

WHEREAS, there are pet friendly airports around the U.S., including Phoenix Sky Harbor, Los Angeles International, Ontario, Inland Empire, San Diego International, Denver International, Boston Logan International, Minneapolis-St. Paul International, Reno-Tahoe International, Columbus, Port Columbus International, Portland International, Austin-Bergstrom International, and Seattle/Tacoma, Sea-Tac International; and
WHEREAS, there are currently two designated pet friendly areas at Miami International Airport ("MIA") that are equipped with very limited amenities, including a small doggie walk area outfitted with boxes containing bags and scoops and signage directing pet owners to clean up after their pets; and
WHEREAS improving the pet friendly areas at MIA would be a welcome amenity for the growing number of pet owners now traveling through the Airport with their animals who need convenient, sanitary and safe relief areas to take their pets while at MIA; and
WHEREAS, improving the pet friendly areas at MIA may also reduce the risk of injury to the increasing number of narcotics and explosive-detecting canines that work at MIA by improving sanitary conditions inside the terminal buildings,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Board requests the Mayor or designee to report to the Board within thirty (30) days, on the feasibility of the following:
1.) Improving the current pet friendly areas at MIA, in such ways as providing fresh drinking water, fencing, customer seating, and sufficient space for pets to exercise and stretch their legs while waiting for departure. The report should also consider the implementation of additional services in the terminal, such as booths or kiosks where pet owners can receive helpful traveling tips and can purchase pet-related items such as leashes, water bowls, pet food, collars, diapers and pet treats;
2.) Determining if current locations are adequate, desirable and convenient;
3.) Determining if additional sites are warranted; and
4.) Developing a plan to promote MIA's pet friendly areas and MIA as a pet friendly airport.

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In light of all these benefits for the travelers: human and animal and for the airport, how can we not? Imagine, Miami and 'friendly' in the same sentence!

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