Mayor Carlos Alvarez Besieged By Animal Rights Activists on Facebook

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Carlos Alvarez already has a cantankerous billionaire -- and 95,000 equally irate voters -- trying to get him canned. Now the Miami-Dade County mayor can't even find peace through Farmville: His Facebook page is under attack by animal rights activists.

Even before 2004, when the Humane Society decreed the county shelter was in "appalling" condition, animal lovers have waged jihad on Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) and a kill policy that whacks more than 20,000 animals a year.

In the last couple months, an unruly mob has found a home on the mayor's official Facebook page, where they have clamored -- in that grating and incessant way that only animal rights activists can -- for a larger Animal Services budget, new facilities, and less or no euthanasia. They've branded the agency's director, Dr. Sara Pizano, "Dr. Death." A sample from a woman named Amy Roman Restucci, sans the ubiquitous all-caps: " This is a disgrace! What is it going to take for you to respond [to] the questions asked here? We are so tired of all the lies!"

Alvarez has the personality of pickled gherkin, so we' re not surprised that he -- or an intern; a spokesperson confesses his communication department "assists" him with his Facebook page -- didn't handle the spammers with aplomb. First, many of the comments simply disappeared. Then, ten days before Christmas, Alvarez made the bizarre boast that pound dogs, though doomed to die by lethal injection, would at least go out looking like Mr. Rogers. Alvarez's status update: "All shelter dogs and puppies have blankets and sweaters (except aggressive ones and those that have removed them on their own)."

Then Alvarez got testy: "It is unfortunate that so much misinformation has been posted on FB regarding MDAS," he lamented on his page. "Dr. Pizano and her staff are doing the best they can with the resources available."

Predictably, responding only made matters worst. These days, the beleaguered mayor can't post a chirpy update bragging that the county's hotel occupancy is third in the country without two dozen commenters bombing him with demands for a no-kill shelter.

Erasing all those comments didn't work either, it appears. "We did remove posts that were vulgar, profane, or showed inappropriate pictures," allows spokesperson Victoria Mallette. "We want very much to keep the mayor's Facebook page as an outlet for two-way communication and civil dialogue."

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Mario Gandolfo
Mario Gandolfo

This should happen to every mayor in every city with appalling animal shelters..

Blackie B. Cat
Blackie B. Cat

A Frightening Example of Poor Leadershipby Blackie B. Cat (Facebook) on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 11:34am.

There's no question about it, the Director of MDAS needs to be replaced, and that camera placed back in the "room of death".

It’s my understanding that unlike private shelters that have limitations on the number of pets they accept, City and/or County Animal Services organizations accept all dogs and cats; and that the goal of these Animal Services organizations is to reunite lost pets with their families or find life-long homes for as many animals as possible.

It sounds as if the above paragraph is a key indicator as to their Organizational Performance Philosophy (if in fact they have one). Unfortunately, based upon that statement, whenever you have a goal/policy of “as much/many as possible”, your definition of success becomes the product of individual interpretation. Allowing this method of thinking shows a deficiency in the quality of their leadership and a true lack of understanding in what “success” really entails from an animal services perspective.

An Organizational Performance Philosophy will not just happen; it must be purposely developed. It requires planning, diligence and perseverance, and requires five primary ingredients: quality leadership, a progressive achievement plan, appropriate funding, the initiative to surpass expectations and the human talent to make it happen.

It is my opinion that each City and/or County Animal Services Organization embrace a Performance Philosophy that adheres to the concept that achievement can only be accomplished with the steady and continuous increase of animals saved, and that “success” will only be realized when euthanasia is replaced by the compassion and commitment to respect the “right to life and welfare” of each and every animal. This then becomes the core around where the collective desire to exceed expectations and achieve extraordinary results should be focused. Any obstacle that prevents meeting or exceeding these performance expectations must be either eliminated or minimized. Leadership must instill the acceptance and practice of this philosophy throughout the organization, and proudly communicate this viewpoint throughout the community it serves.

“As possible” must be replaced with “provide quality care and find a life-long home for each and every animal that crosses our path”.

Monte Greene
Monte Greene

shame on you mayor...the lords creatures deserve humane treatment

Cindy
Cindy

THEY are HEART STICKING animals to death there, he deserves to be inundated, Don't defend this "shelter" that act alone is deplorable. IF they must euthanize they should use HUMANE methods, and if that is not in the budget, then they shouldn't be in operation.

Ag2761@comcast.net
Ag2761@comcast.net

I posted this on the Mayors face book page three time today and they deleted here is the link http://www.cbs8.com/Global/sto... , I am sick to my stomach on the killing going on at that shelter , please share this web site , a California story about MDAS , they just want us all to go away , I am speaking for the animals enough said , NO KILL SHELTER ,, A/C , Heating , and medical Treatment

Cu33029
Cu33029

Share this event with EVERYONE you know, no matter where they live! The WORLD is watching! Most rescues are going to this protest but anyone can go! Can you go to the event page on here & click "INVITE" & invite ALL your FB friends to the protest! California's protest brought out 15,000 people & Florida can too! But the animals NEED your help to spread the word! The battle has begun to save lives but the war can NOT be won alone! Animal lovers UNITE! We are their ONLY voice! http://www.facebook.com/event....

Emmavoberry
Emmavoberry

Bow Wow! Loaded Language! "Clamored...as only animal rights..." How bout "clamored..as only human rights people can..." Do you actually live in a world outside of scientific research, in which you can find comfort thinking that dogs don't feel mental or physical or emotional pain to the same extent that even a human BABY would? So those of us who don't want to see dogs dying, screaming in anguish, terrorized and cowering before an inhumane and merciless death--we are just nagging and clamoring? Have you ever seen a wee chihauhua dog tremble in a shelter, even in a warm sweater, even in the coziest shelter, when a stranger walks in the room, yet wanting to cuddle and tentatively finding a way to the lap, hoping for a pat on the skinny head? Have you ever looked into such a dog's--or any dog's--EYES? You shouldn't even need science to tell you that these beings feel as much as you do, perhaps MORE for the fact that in them, feeling is undiluted by mayorial bashes and tossing down a cocktail after a hard day of writing a news column--Don't stereotype and demean people who insist that the most helpless among us be treated humanely by a Tax Payer's SHELTER!

Angela Green
Angela Green

PROTEST AGAINST MIAMI DADE ANIMAL SERVICES AND MIAMI DADE COUNTY

Time : Tuesday, February 15 · 11:00am - 2:00pm Location: To Be Determined. Somewhere in downtown Miami.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/eve...

ATTENTION ALL FLORIDA ANIMAL RESCUERS, ACTIVISTS AND ANIMAL LOVERS!!!

MIAMI DADE ANIMAL SHELTER is one of the worst in the United States. Thousands of dogs and cats are subjected to sweltering heat, freezing cold, lack of food, comfort, bedding and denied most basic needs.The killing rate for MDAS is upwards of 70% of all healthy and adoptable animals who come through their doors. 40 animals a day, 420 a week ARE BEING MURDERED PAID FOR BY OUR TAX DOLLARS!!!!

Their system is archaic and rife with confusion. When someone wants to adopt or save an animal, they are made to wait for hours. Adopters are denied animals for trivial and technical reasons which costs the animal its life. On more than one occasion an animal has been killed by "accident" because of incompetent and careless staff.

Many rescuers refuse to work with MDAS because of poor treatment and impossible time restraints. Most animals coming out of MDAS are sick and as a result, rescuers and adopters are having to pay expenses for illness which could otherwise be prevented.

MIAMI NEEDS A NEW SHELTER and A NEW SHELTER DIRECTOR!!PLEASE HELP US FIGHT AND TELL MAYOR ALVAREZ THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!

We will need at least 200 protesters confirmed or this will not happen.

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Angela Green
Angela Green

I do not consider myself an "official" animal rights activist but rather a VERY concerned citizen. The MDAS/Perez Case where Perez was accused of performing a barbaric tortuous death to animals called heart-stick must be looked into. I posted a note to Mayor Alvarez concerning this and it was promptly deleted. My question is: If you do not have anything to hide, why delete my post?

Yes folks, something evil this way comes. Check it out for yourself.

Sadelanghorne
Sadelanghorne

RELEASE Contact: Amy Roman Restucci(561) 860-3783

Miami-Dade Animal Services Whistleblower

Offers Eyewitness Testimony To Inhumane Mass Killing At Shelter

October 22 Incident Provokes Public Outcry

Miami, Fl. January 11. 2011 --- A former employee of Miami-Dade Animal Services has come forward to testify to the killing of dozens of animals by a brutal method known as “heart-stick” in an incident at the shelter on October 22, 2010. More formally known as intracardial injection or IC, the procedure is widely held to be grossly inhumane and its use is in fact constrained by Miami-Dade’s own policies. Their published Standard Operating Procedure manual specifies “an intracardiac injection should be done only if an animal is unconscious,” with the procedure overall held by the shelter as a method of last resort. Such veterinary and animal protection bodies as the American Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society of The United States have also issued guidelines for the procedure’s use, the AVMA specifying that “Intracardiac injection is acceptable only when performed on heavily sedated, anesthetized or comatose animals, owing to the difficulty and unpredictability of performing the injection accurately.” Grace Avila, then an Animal Care Specialist at MDAS, alleges that on the evening of October 22, dozens of animals were killed by MDAS Vet Tech David Perez using IC without sedation, causing them to suffer terrifying and agonizing deaths.

These accusations have surfaced at a time when the shelter was already at the center of a firestorm of complaints by local citizens regarding living conditions within the shelter, the neglect and mishandling of animals, a kill-rate significantly higher than the national average and overall mismanagement by MDAS’ director Dr. Sara Pizano, DVM. In particular, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez’ Facebook page has recently become the target of innumerable postings by outraged citizens of not only Dade County, but animal advocates from around the country and abroad, including such countries as the U.K. and Kenya.

Local grass-roots animal advocate groups are calling for a general assessment of conditions inside the shelter by an outside agency, as well as a thorough investigation into the horrific events of October 22, and removal of shelter administrators Dr. Sara Pizano and Xiomara Mordcovich. Several informal groups of concerned citizens have formed in recent weeks with the intention of gaining wide-spread exposure of numerous documented incidents of neglect and mistreatment of animals in the custody of MDAS. Large scale public demonstrations are currently in the planning stages.

As of this writing David Perez remains in the employ of Miami-Dade Animal Services, and the only disciplinary action known to have been taken against him by the shelter is his demotion to DA, shelter terminology for dead animal removal.

Whistleblower Grace Avila was dismissed by the shelter on Monday, January 11.

Angela Green
Angela Green

In my opinion, Grace Avila is a very brave person to come forward with this information. She should be applauded if not rewarded.

nevernot
nevernot

Sounds like she has a lawsuit.... Too bad her winnings from the suit will come out of the shelters budget. Hopefully MDAS's leadership will be recognized as the reason for this and dismissed en masse.

tiredofmorons
tiredofmorons

Well the budget can be taken out of Pizzano's outrageous salary.

Yeadaker
Yeadaker

Mayor Alvarez should try to do something right.....with a no kill shelter for animals.

amy
amy

In the linked article Dr. Pizano says that there would be a new shelter built in 2 years....What happened to that? Nothing. As usual. She does not deserve her salary. Sometimes you just have to admit you are not the one to solve a problem. While making a fat cat salary.

Angela Green
Angela Green

*likes" fat cat salary. how appropriate.

Rayme
Rayme

Mr. Alvarez, you came to this country because your parents felt you and they deserved a chance at a better life, Well, sir, the same goes for this innocent beings who are being treated so heinously. I assume you know that this shelter is making headlines across the world and millions of people find it intolerable that these conditions are happening on your watch. It is extremely intolerable that thousands of animals are dying NEEDLESSLY and VIOLENTLY on your watch, sir. Replace the staff of this shelter with compassionate people WHO DO CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE ANIMALS.

Rayme
Rayme

I and many others did not make vulgar, profane remarks, or show pictures..and neither did anyone else on the Mayor's FB page yet, all remarks were removed and I was blocked as well as many others. There is no misinformation at all! The truth will come out in the end of all this and you Mayor are going down and the WHOLE world will know exactly what you are.

Neeners105
Neeners105

All of us understand that MDAS is severely underfunded. That won't change overnight unless more funding is approved. Unfortunately, MDAS is also very unresourceful, which is something that they CAN change overnight, but have chosen not to do so.

A resourceful shelter will work with what they have and will reach out to every source available to solve the problems no matter how little funding they have. It is a matter of ingenuity. Please take a look at this article for an example: http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.co...Instead of using the news crew to highlight the need for adoptions and to show a puppy in need of a home, the management of MDAS chose to have the puppy killed to bring their point across and even had the audacity to blame the public.

[Xiomara] Mordcovich said, “People need to realize what happens here, and they need to understand that this is the consequence of what happens in the community out there. This is what we all do to our best friend.”

No, Xiomara. YOU killed that puppy.

E.J.
E.J.

the more I see and read and hear of MDAS the more I am convinced the management, administration, the vet are incompetent, overpaid, heartless creatures that have no intention of changing!! They have had years of covering up their mistakes, misdeeds or should I say "burying" their atrocities....I would be ashamed to have my salary published if I were the "vet" in that hell hole!!

Sadelanghorne
Sadelanghorne

Oh, and to those that said she improved things, read the 2004 link above. The shelter was horrific when she took it over but after 5 years no major change. And and that salary. Go be a vet for Goldman Sachs.

Sadelanghorne
Sadelanghorne

Dr. Pizano, the Director of MDAS makes a little over $144,000/year. That does not include benefits etc. and is straight salary. I don't know so much about budget increase but perhaps we need a new Director that is good at doing more with less. Most animal welfare peeps qualified for such a job would never take a salary so high ever. Not in their DNA to do so. No Kill is possible but it does not mean no animals killed. Currently, MDAS is animal auschwitz whether or not one wants to admit it. Further, she is in charge of code enforcement for animals also. That should be moved back to the po po. Our shelter is not really a shelter at all. It is an inefficient animal clearinghouse. Intake was listed as 36,000 in their budget and kills were over 20,000 I believe. Those nos. are not so good. And if Dr. Pizano needed help I am confident Channel 7 would have been on the case if she asked for help!

Carol
Carol

HSUS president and CEO on the opening page of the Humane Society's 2010 calendar stated, "Animals have the same spark of life that we do; they are formed from the same dust of the earth. Playful or angry, affectionate or afraid, sad or joyful, they experience and love life just as we do." Yet, we in South Florida tolerate caging them in deplorable conditions that expose them do illness and making them less adoptable. What is the matter with us?! There has got to be a way! Nathan Winograd's No Kill Nation deserves a shot. When he was in Ft. Lauderdale a few months ago, only one person from MDAS was there. There is no sign that any knowledge from that seminar was applied. Shameful!

Aileen Sanchez
Aileen Sanchez

If Pizano would hire (or not eliminate) a position to provide information on the animals status, they would be on their way again to bringing adoption/rescue numbers UP and euthanasia down. Posting weekly/monthly statistics - including euthanasia stats and having open/honest communications with your supporters and working with them are all ingredients for a No-Kill shelter. Revamping the Intake room where people drop-off pets is urgently needed. Also crucial is an administration that supports and values their hard-working staff. There are solutions that can be done at little or no cost to improve the shelter.

Animaluv
Animaluv

Dr Pizano what goes around, comes around - YOU ARE GOING DOWN

Rgmg0831
Rgmg0831

This is not a shelter - this is a death camp. When there is no compassion and kindness to animals, than there is no compassion towards any life itself. Both Dr Pizano and Mayor Alvarez have turned a deaf ear. How do they ignore the suffering and fear these helpless, voiceless souls are going through

Mindy
Mindy

Any shelter who does not want to work towards NO-Kill, well that is the problem right there. First off, Sara Pizano does nothing...we all work day and night to get these animals out of here. It's hard enough to get one out before they kill and then when we do get one out, they are sick. The tests being performed on them are inaccurate and wrong. These helpless animals do not receive the right treatment and respect when they are at MDAS. There is no reason why the public had to step in and demand blankets for these animals. The shelter director AND manager should've already had them there. There is so much wrong w/this place. We all contacted the Mayor, then he chooses to delete our comments. Someone who wanted our votes but now deletes our comments, what ever happened to freedom of speech and him wanting to be there for the community? I guess since animals dont vote, there is no need to make sure they are being treated fairly. Do not worry, we are not going anywhere UNTIL Miami becomes No-Kill and WANTS to work towards it instead of bringing up all the reasons it cant.

Amyrestucci
Amyrestucci

Miami dade is not a shelter! It is a concentration camp! This is no mis-information! The conditions are horrific! smells of death! We demand a new facility, with heat! airconditioning! ventilation! and a manager that has compassion! Weare the voice of the voiceless! This is not a moment, it is a movement! NO KILL! IS THE ONLY WAY!

Bev
Bev

20,000 animals a year. Your program is not working and your staff can not possibly be doing their best. It costs less to work with dog rescue groups and save the dogs then it does to MURDER them

lisa
lisa

I"ve communicated personally w/ Dr Pizano. She has a blanket statement that she sends out to every media outlet and every interview from every staff member quotes the same inaccurate and misleading statistics. "We work so hard with so little resources".... "Our numbers saved have gone up from the previous year".... yeah, but your numbers killed have gone up astronomically. Mandatory FREE s/n. Mandatory s/n mobile units. Stop keeping adoptable dogs in tiny cages behind the scenes where the general public can't see them. We have the photos. We know it's being done ON PURPOSE. Oh, and a really important item - DON"T FIRE THE WORKERS WHO HONESTLY WANT TO HELP!!!!btw - peta and the HSUS have zero to do with this campaign. It's grassroots, from people who have been to the hellhole.

Propplanet
Propplanet

First it was Public works with the Medley hole. And every time it rained puppies died drowning. The crematory stunk the neighborhood and there was not even money to fix it. Then the police department, with their powerful ego and complete incompetence to even know what an animal needs. Then the one who trained The Humane Society of Broward County that by mass killing the place would always look better. Less animals less trouble, less cleaning, less work, and smiles at fundraisers. It is a long, expired, shameful and inexcusable disgrace that this city has let this decadent building fall way back in time, with atrocities that very few can imagine. The place not only smells like death but it is death. It is the death of a city and its basic lack of dedication towards human responsibilities. It is the death of good examples to our kids regarding any kind of compassion towards the future. It is the slow painful and expensive death of a puppy dying of distemper, for the lack of proper and basic direction to control disease. Could the internet be what bring things to light? The politics of our city and it's inhumane approach to the thousands of abandoned animals must change before the city becomes known for it beautiful beaches, starry nights and a horrific city pound.

Spice7
Spice7

Well..I can only hope he that he too is as fortunate...when his time has come...to go out looking like Mr. Rodgers. That makes it all better. Really?

Patricia
Patricia

I"m sorry that Victoria finds the photos we have to look at everyday we go into that shelter as inappropriate or profane. Those dogs/cats are really living in those conditions..if they can start small and at least contact ALL 3 ADOPTION HOLDS on a pet, it's start. There are so many little things they can improve on that will raise adoptions...raising the budget would also be a dream come true..but there are doable policies they can enforce or implement that would start to bring those numbers down. why not return lost dogs with tags or IDs instead of having them sit at the shelter...

Ryan_Clinton
Ryan_Clinton

If you want to become a No Kill City, the formula is actually very simple: Do what successful No Kill Cities do. Implement programs and policies that have been proven to increase live outcomes and decrease shelter intake: low-cost and free spay-neuter programs, trap-neuter-and-release for outdoor community cats, improve customer service and shelter-pet marketing, implement a robust, 7 day/week, multiple-location off-site adoption program, develop a robust foster program, and cultivate a large-scale, healthy and humane rescue network. This is what Reno, NV, did (which, by the way, is a major American city). It's also what Charlottesville, VA, did, and Ithaca, NY--- all of which save 90% or more of all impounded animals.

Nickole
Nickole

SO TRUE IT CAN BE DONE!!

NonSekWitter
NonSekWitter

I'm confused about the grief that Dr. Pizano has taken. By all accounts, she's improved things somewhat, and I imagine as a veterinarian, does not relish euthanizing so many animals.

However if you were given the opportunity to take a situation from catastrophic to worse, or from worse to bad, wouldn't you, even knowing that you would never be able to completely mend things with the resources given?

Every animal killed is a tragedy, but every animal adopted is a victory, and it seems that adoptions have increased since Animal Services was removed from Police Dept. control.

tiredofmorons
tiredofmorons

How much does Pizzano pay you to say these things? Are you that person from the Cat Savers rescue or what ever the name is? I don't recall the name and it could be because I try to not remember stupid people. Your supportive words for Pizzano are tragic.

E.J.
E.J.

As a veterinarian, she has taken an oath not to kill a healthy animal!! She is not doing this sewer you call a shelter any service when she allows staff to abuse, kill healthy animals and then cover it up! I say fire the "vet" and the staff that are so insensitive to the killing and the screams of the animals....have you seen the testimony of the vet tech that witnessed heartsticking killings at MDAS? Check out what heartsticking sounds like, if you can!

E.J.
E.J.

Oh and the reason adoptions have increased is due to the internet and the volunteers networking and posting these animals to prevent the murdering! Many times, the animals are murdered with rescue in the building!! Many times, cats/kittens never even get to the adoption floor! Animals are left in cold hallways in the winter without blankets or other warmth. The animals are in filth, sick and terrified. Many are shut away in "wards" that are never seen by adopters or rescues......Temp tests are performed on terrified animals so they are labeled aggressive and so they are killed. Have you ever seen an animal in a filthy room, hearing other terrified animals, react meekly? Animals smell death. Puppies are murdered routinely along with their mothers. This is all according to volunteers who actually try to help rectify the conditions at this hole!

NG
NG

THEY MUST DO BETTER. TOO MANY UNBELIEVABLE KILLINGS. NO EXCUSES FOR THOSE. MAYBE THEY NEED BETTER EMPLOYEES - LIKE PEOPLE WHO REALLY LOVE ANIMALS. HOW CAN THE PUBLIC HELP THEM REDUCE KILLING RATES. LET HEM ASK FOR HELP, THE PUBLIC WILL RESPOND.

nevernot
nevernot

If by improving things you mean almost sending a teenager to jail ruining his future by falsely accusing him of killing cats without performing an autopsy that proved it was wild animals doing the killing, or sending another man to jail for making an off color joke about sleeping with his dog ( further investigation proved he didn't ) and generally botching every investigation and task she stuck her underqualified nose into costing the city millions in failed prosecutions and programs, then yes, she improved things. We can do better. For $130,000.00 a year which is what this incompetent excuse for a vet receives of our money, we can damn sure do better.

Marla
Marla

That teen ager was REALLY killing the cats. It was not done by wild animals. It was very obvious and apparent the two cats that were killed by dogs. The others were done by human hands. When this teen ager was arrested, the killings ended. Did wild animals know of the arrest? I think not.

nevernot
nevernot

You're forgetting a few FACTS

1- Animal control caught two wild dogs a few blocks from this kids home that they received numerous calls about the same night they arrested this kid. Guess what the dogs were doing when they were caught? Ill give you a hint- killing a cat and disemboweling it

2- They preserved 8 carcasses, the best 8 they could find to support their case against him. Later review by a competent veterinarian (not Pizano) found extremely quickly during a cursory overview undeniable proof that an animal was responsible. The cats had puncture wounds the same size and shape of a dogs mouth.

3- If they state had enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this kid killed the animals they would have continued prosecution, parading him in front of the media to distract the citizenry from the horrendous job theyre doing managing our city

4- As sick and twisted as this kid might be, he owns cats explaining the presence of catnip, and his father is a dentist, explaining the possession of surgical tools.

5- No human DNA evidence was found on any of the animals. Dog hair and DNA was.

6- The state had NO DIRECT EVIDENCE implicating this kid. NONE!

While I agree, wild animals do not know the schedule of the MDPD, they do know what Animal control is up to. Especially as they are being subdued and dragged into an animal shelter for their euthanasia. Now don't get me wrong, a kid murdering and torturing animals for entertainment is deplorable, however in this case there's not only no proof whatsoever that happened, every bit of proof directly contradicts the assertion that he had anything to do with it. I would gladly lock someone up for decades for animal abuse and when the state makes a case against someone and proves they were responsible. I'll be the first in line calling for an eye for an eye. Until then, shoddy investigations costing the cash strapped city (over 400 million over budget this year alone) over a million dollars based on a botched set of autopsies and the unqualified assertion from "Dr." Pizano (now getting paid $144,000.00 a year) should be called what they are. A criminal waste of time and money. OUR time and money. We're now being sued justifiably so for the damage done to this kids future, so Pizano's mistakes will now cost even more.

MDS
MDS

I suggest anyone to really research the HSUS. This seems to be an obvious blitzkrieg pushed by PETA (PETA and HSUS are in bed together). HSUS and PETA kill more animals than they will publicly admit. http://humanewatch.org/

NG
NG

THIS IS NONSENSE AND YOUR GROUP IS OUT TO HURT HSUS AND YOUR NAME IS NOT AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE GROUP. PEOPLE: MAKE SURE YOU RESEARCH HUMANE WATCH BEFORE BELIEVING WHAT THEY SAY.

tiredofmorons
tiredofmorons

Who in the HE- - wants to support HSUS when they are supporters of Michael Vick? They have not credibility in my book now.

JC
JC

The audit by HSUS in 2004 was requested by the County Manager George Burgess. It found that as a department under the Miami-Dade Police Department, Animal Services was mismanaged. "County cops ripped off kitties and doggies, auditors say" http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2...

They recommended many changes including making it a stand alone department and hiring a professional in the field as it's director not a police officer. Enter Dr. Sara Pizano.

I do not know much about HSUS but if you read the audit, that was requested by the County Manager, it is troubling.

As for PETA, if you search the internet you will find instances where they advocate for the euthanizing of all feral cats.

Therefore, I really doubt this is a campaign by the HSUS and PETA.

Animal Services is doing probably as good as a job as they can with the limited resources.

Solution: Give them more resources.

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