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Animals Petition: Mayor of Miami: Change the Horrible Conditions at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter NOW! PLEASE SIGN!

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- 852 days ago -
CHANGES need to be made at this facility! Too many innocent animals are living in unsanitary conditions, being put to death for NO reason, acquiring infectious diseases while at the shelter, being subjected to unnecessary & botched surgeries, much more!

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Jim Jaston (203)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 8:44 am
Troubled Miami-Dade Animal Shelter Kills Dozens of Cats. More Die. Adoption Needed.

Seventy-two cats have been killed and 14 have died after an outbreak of disease at the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter. About 40 more healthy felines have been been moved r due to the disease, which is called panleukopenia.

A group called Undercats 4 Life is attempting to find homes for some of the cats.

The blow comes just as Miami-Dade Animal sevices was starting to recover from a scandal in which its director, Sara Pizano, resigned.
Pizano left after several documented cases of neglect and abuse at the underfunded facility in Medley. Animal groups had pushed for more compassionate treatment of animals there.

It is unclear whether neglect led to the situation in the shelter, The disease that many of cats contracted is highly infectious and often spread when animals come near others' feces and urine,.

When the county closed the old animal services facility last March, officials promised to imrprove care and clean up the facility. It doesn't seem like they kept their word.

Jim Jaston (203)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 8:47 am
18 dogs euthanized after distemper outbreak in Miami-Dade animal shelter

Miami-Dade’s animal shelter put adoptions and drop-offs of dogs on hold Saturday after discovering a virus outbreak in the pound that left workers with no choice but to euthanize 18 dogs.

Only dogs are affected. People can continue to drop off and adopt cats.

It’s the first outbreak in 10 months, said the shelter’s Kathleen Labrada, who added that the pound’s remaining so-far healthy 211 dogs would be monitored over the next two weeks for potential exposure to the virus, distemper.

She added that the county was left with no choice but to put down 18 dogs — from puppies to adults.

“There is no cure for distemper,” she said of the airborne virus that attacks a dog’s nervous system. “The dogs end up having seizures; it’s terrible.”

Animal services workers were patrolling the floors looking for more dogs with symptoms of the virus. At the same time, they were sending samples to the labs to identify dogs with a high enough antibody level, or sufficient immunity to the disease, to be made eligible for adoption sometime next week.

“During this time, they will be closely monitored for symptoms of disease and will receive prophylactic antibiotic treatment for secondary bacterial infections,” a shelter statement said.

Meantime, it said, most dog related services were being suspended, including the rabies and microchip clinic and spay and neuter surgeries.

Services to cats continued unaffected, and dog owners can continue to pay citations and purchase licenses for vaccinated dogs during regular work hours.

Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services takes in more than 36,000 pets each year with the goal of reuniting lost pets with their owners and finding homes for as many animals as possible.

Patricia Cannell (746)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:02 am
Signed, noted and shared of FB. Thanks!

Emma S. (226)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:03 am
Signed - I was no. 1273. Thank you, Jim.

Sue H. (7)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:03 am
Noted and signed. Horrible that they turn a blind eye to animals suffering.

Jason S. (57)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:07 am
Done, thanks

Dandelion G. (385)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:13 am
Deplorable, they shouldn't be in business. I could choke on the word shelter. The word shelter means a type of protection. What a farce.

Vivien Green (150)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:17 am
Note,signed and shared on FB.
Thank you Jim.

MarilynBusy WITHCHARITIES (259)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:24 am
Thanks....I signed.
I wish all shelters could be like the Humane Society of Sedona.

Brian M. (145)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:29 am
Conditions for inmates in U.S. prisons and jails aren't any better, but no one is demanding more humane conditions for them. After all, even humans are animals, too. Don't all human beings at least deserve "animal rights?"

Kathy P. (402)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:31 am
Signed and Noted - Thanks so much Jim. Why is shelter still open? WE need to be a voice for or animals and make sure this death shelter is shut down and the people that run the place need to live in these conditions. I bet changes would be made then. There is always another way to help our animals.

NicoleAWAY W. (625)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:41 am
noted, signed and shared, thank you Jim.

Roger M. (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:53 am
Glad to sign. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Jim.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:55 am
Noted and signed

Mc Kevin Valencia (7)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:56 am
im eager to sign this. Hope ill help.

Victoria Pohrebna (269)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:59 am

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:01 am

I have signed so many petitions against this place and yet they stay open.


Signed! Thnx hun!


Past Member (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:07 am
2x (1,294 & 1,308), TU Jim

tasunka m. (334)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:08 am
signed. looks like auschwitz for dogs.
thanks Jim

Ms Noting Commentator (21)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:18 am
I signed, and it was recorded!

Jacqueline D. (34)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:23 am
signed Jim, thanks for posting

Michela m. (3864)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:31 am
no access to for me......

Ge M. (216)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:49 am
I remember this and trying to force Pizano to resign. I suspect part of the problem is funding and, if I remember correctly, Pizano refused to have volunteers in to help.

One can only hope that things will improve.

Sara W. (110)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:52 am
Geez. Gladly signed. Animal shelters are meant to HELP animals.

Ruth S. (307)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 11:18 am

Its very sad what these animals are going through, I have been to Miami and its NOT a good place for animals because the people who live there the majority don't like animals, they throw them out on the streets, they try to get rid of them in any kind of way!!

Valerie Disle (66)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 11:21 am
Already signed

nicole silva (12)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 11:36 am

Dawn Harvey (23)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 11:43 am

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 11:54 am
Shelter - spelt s h e l t e r, means NO KILL! Grab yourself another name if this is your 'regular routine'!!! May Karma get each and every one of you!

Elsa Boet (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 12:10 pm
signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 12:13 pm
Signed, noted

Birgitta S. (223)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 12:18 pm
Signed.... TY

Aimee A. (177)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 12:42 pm
My signature has been added. So sad that these animals are actually better off on the streets! Thanks for posting!

Dandelion G. (385)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 12:42 pm
Brian M. there are threads concerning those in prison on C2. I suggest if that is one of your major concerns that you post news about this abuse to the humans as well as C2 allows any one of us, including you, to post a petition so that you can gain signatures.

This is a thread for animals and because it was, not a thread that compared animals to people, therefore no one had to mention the humans, although many of us care greatly about many injustices that are done in this world, human and otherwise.

Erika M. (202)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 12:44 pm

Patricia Long (1)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 12:51 pm
Signed, and noted. Thanks.

Carolyn S. (151)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 1:05 pm

Gayle J. (28)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 1:13 pm
Shelters with horrific conditions are usually run by people who don't seem to care much about animals. The first step when these inhumane shelters make the news because of deplorable conditions should be to fired those in charge and hire people who actually care about animals. Caring shelters do a remarkable job of finding homes for their charges and have a very low euthanasia rate.

Phyllis P. (422)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 1:51 pm

Maria Elena Gonzalez (299)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 1:57 pm
Unfortunately, most shelters are deplorable. We are normally talking about state or city funded concentration camps. Georgia, Florida, the whole USA is covered with these deplorable places, yet those that are done with true love and care for animals are always under scrutiny and given problems, Puffypaws for example. It is a shame that animals are too under the control of politics, good ol' boys jobs and such. On the other hand, we have the heartless majority of people who either abandon or bring in these animals for the simple reason that they shouldn't have them to begin with, they move and don't regard them as family, or stupid ones who finally get a boyfriend who doesn't like pets, etc. Where else can these poor creatures go? It is a vicious cycle that feeds these concentration camps workers who don't care, and kills the spirits of those who do care.

Jason Green (227)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 2:11 pm
1,409 out of 10,000

Lisa Neste (694)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 2:13 pm
Thank you for signing "Mayor of Miami: Change the horrible conditions at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter" Thanks for posting Jim.

Sandi C. (241)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 2:13 pm

Gloria picchetti (286)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:05 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:07 pm
signed/shared,thank you,Jim.

Teresa Cowley (273)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:28 pm
Noted, signed and shared--thanks Jim.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:32 pm
Noted and signed.

Sue McGuey (100)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:39 pm
Noted & signed!~ Posted to Facebook!~

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:48 pm

naomi cohen (52)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 3:54 pm
this 'shelter' is hardly a refuge for the animals. if this is the way the people in charge of this facility are treating their animals, i have little hope that things will change. these poor babies must be relocated to a facility that is interested in the welfare of these creatures. a shelter is a refuge for the homeless,. not a living hell. thank you, jim.

Trudy Killa (125)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 4:03 pm
Thank you Jim- Signed & posted. It is absolutely inhumane for an organization whose mission it is to take care of these animals, treat them humanely, provide medical help until such time as they are found a forever home, to itself be the abusers and offenders. Hopefully, the citizens in that area will be outraged by this & do something for these animals.

Edwin M. (366)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 4:10 pm
Noted and signed thanks Jim

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 4:12 pm
Signed. TY

Rich Blue (72)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 5:04 pm
:((((( signed

this place needs to be shut down and these horrific abusers severely punished.

Pat B. (354)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 5:11 pm
Poor babies!!! Signed, Thanks, Jim.

Elaine Al Meqdad (226)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 5:23 pm
Signed! And these idiot uncompassioned individuals need to put in the euthanizing machine and gotten rid of!

Kay M. (351)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 5:29 pm

Regina P. (79)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 5:30 pm
signed #1,557. thanks

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 5:35 pm
Signed, Thanks Jim.

Tomoko Harris (83)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 6:19 pm
Noted and signed in anger!

Mm M. (448)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Signed and Noted with Sorrow...Ruth S. thank you for sending!

Ingrid A. (530)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Thank you Ruth.

Shirley S. (173)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 7:08 pm
Noted & signed

Valerie H. (134)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 7:12 pm
Thank you Jim, previously signed

Kim O. (403)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 7:47 pm
Signed in a flash!! Thanks Jim!

kye j. (41)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 7:48 pm
Signed.This is disgusting

Carol H. (229)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 8:00 pm
already signed, noted

aj E. (164)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 8:41 pm

Evelyn B. (80)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 8:46 pm
Noted and Signed Tks Jim...Have to agree with Naomi and Trudy...Shut the place down send the animals to shelters and rescues who will care for these animals..GRRRRRRR I'm so angry with disgust that I really can't put into words just what I would like to say..they're not printable..The human race is getting more deplorable everyday...The lack of respect for these animals makes me sick to my stomach...

Terrie Williams (768)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:59 pm
#1651 Signed, noted, shared with friends and posted to FB

Lisa Zarafonetis (177)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:34 pm
Signed & Shared on Facebook!!! :(

desanka s. (390)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 11:48 pm
I have signed many petitions against Miami-Dade animal shelter... nothing changed!
Signer 1,669. Thank you Jim.

Mike H. (217)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 11:55 pm
Thank you for signing "Mayor of Miami: Change the horrible conditions at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter"

Nancy Roussy (79)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:23 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

Lana Ravensky (107)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:51 am

Elize Labuschagne (190)
Friday April 20, 2012, 2:20 am
This is supposed to a place of safety and mercy. Shame on you.

Ilona a. (51)
Friday April 20, 2012, 2:30 am

Cynthia B. (69)
Friday April 20, 2012, 2:55 am
Poor animals...

Grainne OCarroll (72)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:01 am
Signed & shared.

David N. (19)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:34 am

Past Member (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 4:02 am
I am shocked - this is allowed in America, I would say god help us if I thought a god put humans here !!

. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 4:06 am
#1.708 signed
Unfortunately here in Italy there are hundreds of these realities
This is a horrible big crap
thx to Jim ad Ruth for sharing

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday April 20, 2012, 4:57 am

L M. (1424)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:11 am
Action taken. Thank you for posting this.

I need alerts on my Yahoo group. Alll good people welcome. :-)

Farah Hage Ali (156)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:36 am
noted and signed, thank you

Past Member (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:43 am
already signed, thanks Jim

. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:46 am

Winifred Hohlt (1)
Friday April 20, 2012, 8:13 am
Petition signed! In a city that just spent millions of dollars on a new baseball stadium, I would think that they could find the funds to upgrade this facility that is supposed to protect and care for animals that can not protect and care for themselves. Shame on you Dade County.

yana dimitrova (37)
Friday April 20, 2012, 8:30 am
Thank you.

Lauren Kozen (157)
Friday April 20, 2012, 9:09 am
Noted & Signed.

Donna Hamilton (135)
Friday April 20, 2012, 10:03 am
Signed. Thanks for posting.

Dawn Mason (107)
Friday April 20, 2012, 10:16 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Liliana D. (124)
Friday April 20, 2012, 10:25 am
done, thanks

Jan Garen (76)
Friday April 20, 2012, 10:41 am

Suzanne L. (152)
Friday April 20, 2012, 10:48 am

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Friday April 20, 2012, 11:26 am
Signed. Thanks.

Pauline Rasch (22)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:04 pm

Shirley S. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:09 pm

Marian G. (58)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:22 pm

Richelle Rausch (43)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:51 pm
This is an unexcusable shame! Signed. Thank you Jim.

Sofia Natsis (8)
Friday April 20, 2012, 2:26 pm
Signed and noted thank you

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday April 20, 2012, 2:32 pm
signed and commented

Paola Ballanti (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:49 pm

Paola Ballanti (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:52 pm

Paola Ballanti (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:52 pm
una vergogna

Paola Ballanti (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:53 pm

Linda P. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:54 pm
Signed and noted. This place needs to ask for help from some of the organizations before any more animals die or get sick. This is a torture chamber for these animals.

Michelle S. (457)
Friday April 20, 2012, 4:25 pm
I agree with Cher. Where do our signatures go? Does anyone else besides me send messages to petition authors respectfully reminding them that Care2 does not forward their signatures....that they have to close, download and send by email or by post themselves!? It's a false sense of security when you put your signature/voice in the hands of so many who have no intention of forwarding to the target, for whatever reason.

BTW, what is the real issue with this shelter? If it's lack of funding, it should either be bailed out by grants or shut down. If it's corruption and the scandal of cruelty and neglect, employees should be fined and fired, and the facility should either be cleaned up and managed by responsible, reputable individual or completely closed.

I guess I don't understand.

. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 4:40 pm
Signed and Noted.

Marilyn M. (143)
Friday April 20, 2012, 4:56 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you for posting, Jim.

Michael Holland (9)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:21 pm
Signed. Where are the people who are supposed govern these shelters. This is dispicable behaviour toward a living being that has to stop.

Sandy G. (35)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:30 pm

Rachel M. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:33 pm

Alison A. (231)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:50 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Jim.

Vicki P. (132)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:59 pm
Signed with thanks~♥

Eve L. (61)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:33 pm
So sad and horrible that they are letting down all those beautiful animals. How can you go on with your life when you come home, knowing that you turn a blind eye everyday on those poor animals in need. I can't understand...
Signed and noted.

Gary C. (5)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:43 pm
Noted and Signed , Thankyou....

Esther Z. (101)
Friday April 20, 2012, 6:58 pm
Noted and signed.

kye j. (41)
Friday April 20, 2012, 8:27 pm
Signed.This is disgraceful.How dare these bastards treat these animals like crap

Ana R (220)
Friday April 20, 2012, 8:35 pm
Thank you.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 5:14 am

Nyack Clancy (432)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 7:33 am
Signed- thanks

Evelyn M. (43)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 11:54 am
So sad. I signed.

Joan M. (1090)
Saturday April 21, 2012, 5:02 pm
Gladly Signed. Thanks Jim

z Buffypause o. (101)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 11:37 am
done shared

Mary T. (188)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:07 pm
Signed and shared already, Thanks Jim.

Gabriela C. (103)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:22 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Jim!

Genoveva M M. (331)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:39 am
I can not get into but I shared in Facebook and Twitter.

Dany Strakova (119)
Monday April 23, 2012, 9:10 am

Petra Nemcova (4)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:26 am

Veronique L. (210)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 3:12 am
Signed! This is awful..

Nancy C. (795)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 9:24 pm
2737th with hope for a better future for the creatures in the Miami Dade facility

SANDRA R. (146)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 7:59 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Jim.

Gabriela V. (161)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 12:47 am
Signed, thank you!

Anna L. (81)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 3:53 am
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