Valentine Pet Adoption event on February 14,
From 10 to 3 p.m
Miami Dade Animal Services
7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166
Ellie Brecher is a general assignment reporter for The Miami Herald. Email her at email@example.com.
Pet lady: That's my role in the Miami Herald newsroom. I've been here since 1989, during which time I've had 11 dogs, a ring-necked parakeet, a chicken, and a lizard named Lance. At the moment, I have four dogs, one step-dog, and two cockatiels. A native New Yorker, I came here from Louisville, Ky. I'm a graduate of the University of Arizona, and had a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 1988. I have written 309 stories containing the word "dog" in the past 20 years.
"There are simply too many stray and abandoned dogs and not enough homes to save every pet surrendered to Animal Services. Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and protects them from health issues that may develop later in life", said Dr. Pizano, Animal Services Director.
Requirements: Proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs over 4 months of age. Rabies vaccine can be obtained the day of surgery for $10 (or $3 if qualified low-income). Up to 4 dogs per household; 2 months and older. No food or water after 12 midnight the night before. No appointment necessary. Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons.
Pet overpopulation is something we can control, but we need the community to make a difference. Be part of the solution, spay or neuter your pet.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA - There has been a substantial increase in the unlawful slaughter of horses recently in the State of Florida and particularly in Miami-Dade County. These horses are being slaughtered in connection with the illegal sale of horse meat.
State Representative Luis Garcia (D-Miami) and State Senator Victor Crist (R-Tampa) have joined together and filed HB 765 to combat this growing problem.
House Bill 765
provides a greater deterrent to the illegal slaughter and sale of horse meat by
increasing the penalties and imposing mandatory minimum
increases the criminal penalty to a third degree felony and imposes a mandatory
minimum fine of $3,500 and a minimum period of incarceration of One year for the
killing of a horse in violation of this statute.
HB 765 also
expands the scope of the statute to include any person who knowingly transports,
distributes, sells, purchases or possesses horse meat that is not clearly
stamped, marked and described as horse meat for human consumption or horse meat
which has not been acquired from a legally licensed slaughterhouse.
Additionally, House Bill 765 authorizes local governments to revoke or suspend local business licenses of restaurants, stores or other businesses after being convicted of violating this statute and expands scope to include all horses not just recognized breeds and hybrids.