Disease Epidemic Forces Miami-Dade Animal Services to Temporarily Suspend Many Services

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Following an outbreak of infectious diseases in the animal shelter, Miami-Dade Animal Services has announced that they will temporarily suspend numerous services for "no more than two weeks, effective immediately." The shelter will no longer accept the intake of any new dogs. Most stray dog pick-ups will be ceased, as will spay and neutering surgeries for dogs currently at the shelter.

Animal Services said in a release that overcrowding in the shelter has lead to stressful conditions and the spread of infectious diseases, including Parvo and Distempers, among dogs.

Following concerns of a Distemper epidemic at the shelter, the University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program and the ASPCA have recommended that the shelter stop offering numerous services for up to two weeks to reduce the spread of the disease.

Though, according to a release, the shelter will no longer allow the public to surrender their own pets at the shelter. This is a permanent change.

The following services will be affected for up to two weeks:

  • Rabies/Microchip Clinic
  • Intake of all dogs and puppies by the public
  • Stray dog pick up by Animal Control Officers (if unconfined)
  • Spay/Neuter surgery for current shelter dogs and puppies
The following services will continue as normal:
  • Cat and kitten intake, adoption and spay/neuter surgeries
  • Adoption of puppies and dogs with disclaimer regarding Distemper exposure
  • Lost and Found/Return to Owner
  • Investigations (animal cruelty, dangerous dogs, etc.)
  • Purchase of licenses
  • Payment of citations
  • MAC spay/neuter surgery programs for the public's animals

The announcement comes just days after animal activists called for the "recall" of Animal Services director Dr. Sara Pizano.

We've put in a call to Animal Services, and will update when we have more information.

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I feel bad about these things.Animal needs also shelter just like humans so we should take good care of them. Still thankful that it takes only 2 weeks for the suspension of your services.

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SHAME on anyone who participated in causing this terrible injustice to the most wonderful dedicated animal advocate I have ever known.Hope you can sleep at night knowing how many,,, MANY dogs and catsare now suffering as a result. The worst part is that you do not even knowwhat you did.The shelter will no longer allow the public to surrender their own pets at the shelter. This is a permanent change. The announcement comes just days after animal activists called for the "recall" of Animal Services director Dr. Sara Pizano.How many dogs and cats do YOU have in your home?Why aren't you taking care of the hundreds that are out there suffering?You and your friends should NEVER have done this to the animals.Yes, you did it to the animals because you are unable to be realistic about euthanasia. Better the animals suffer than be euthanized? You should be ashamed of yourself for being so ignorant and being part of this... especially for just "joining" in when so many of you actually knew nothing about it. Shame on all of you.This is the height of ignorance. The "NO KILL" movement is creating monsters.... creating hoarders who do not care if animals suffer. THE GOAL OF RESCUE IS TO PREVENT SUFFERING... NOT NECESSARILY PROLONG LIFE. ~~Betty


can i volenter there still cause i wanted to help out wit all the animals


First of all - SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!!!! Second of all - how the fuck is it that Miami-Dade County can build AAA Arena and Baseball Stadium and not build a new animal shelter! How about this... all you overpaid athletes that don't contribute jackshit to the world... donate to building a new shelter. Give up one droptop and some fucking bling... and Marc Sarnoff - stop concerning yourself at what time a bar closes in Coconut Grove and focus on what matters... asshole!

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Beach bum

For the love of Michael, build a new shelter already! The place is antiquated. Allegedly a new shelter is in the works and will finished in eighteen months The Miami-Dade County Commission needs to get off their fat arses and fast track a new shelter. If we can build a baseball stadium in record time, we can build a new animal shelter much quicker.

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