Sara Pizano, Hounded by Animal Rights Activists, Resigns as Animal Services Director

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Sara Pizano resigned yesterday
​The heads keep fallin' in Miami-Dade.

Never mind that Animal Services Director Sara Pizano technically resigned yesterday. Animal rights activists have been after her for so long that they'll feel they earned the scalp one way or another. But Pizano didn't leave without a parting shot at her critics.

"Always remember that the public can create a negative perception with a very small percent of the information they need to understand an issue," she told The Miami Herald.

Ah, yes. The ol' blame-it-on-public-ignorance strategy mixed with a bit of jedi mind trick: These are not the euthanized animals you were looking for.

In the Herald interview, Pizano denied being forced out. But her fur-loving foes are already claiming otherwise.

"It's official! The embattled Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Dr. Sarah Pizano was allegedly asked to resign," wrote an administrator for No Kill Nation on the group's Facebook page.

"This is a dream scenario not only for the people of this county but the obvious; our sheltered companion animals. Dr. Pizano, according to her own records was the trigger-puller for over 115,000 animal deaths within the past 5 years," the post continued. "We would like to say we are sorry to see you go Dr. P but...not!"

When Pizano took charge of Animal Services in 2005, she faced a tough task. As New Times reported shortly thereafter, the shelter had become a concentration camp for sick and unwanted animals:
According to the report, which was commissioned by the county, between May and April of 2004, 103 animals died inside their cages at the shelter through the spread of communicable diseases. (The shelter houses an average of at least 2000 animals a month.) None was given comfort items such as toys, soft bedding, or hiding spaces. Cats were not provided with litter boxes and were forced to urinate and defecate on newspaper inside their small cages. Some cages were constantly filled with animal waste because staff could not keep up with cleaning them. Dogs tethered to short leashes were choking themselves. The report concluded that the problems in the animal shelter would take months, even years, to correct.
But Pizano's appointment seemed to make things worse. Critics claimed that euthanisia went up under her watch, and six months into her tenure she was already receiving bomb threats. Angry employees even slashed the office's screens.

Things didn't get much better. There was debate over whether Pizano's department used a "heart stick" -- a long needle that injects fatal drugs directly into a feline's heart.

Then this March animal rights activists -- including Natacha Seijas opponent Vanessa Brito -- launched a campaign to "recall" Pizano. The final straw may have been the disease outbreak that closed much of the shelter only a week later.

The county has already approved plans for a new shelter to be built in Doral, but Pizano won't be part of the move.

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Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

Who cares!  With so many strays and bad owners, their death is a great way to control the population.  In fact, death is probably better for most of them, anyway.  I wish animal control will take care of all those stray cats that spread fleas and other diseases.  Damn felines.     

Davisjulie16
Davisjulie16

what a bunch of idiots you people are...what do you think will happen at a shelter when they have at least 2000 animals a month brought in? Where are all the so called "animal rights activists" to adopt all 24,000? How about spaying and neutering? Now there is an idea..keep the population down and there won't be so many unwanted animals...

gwg
gwg

What disgusts me most about this debacle is not Dr. Pizano, but the group of animal "advocates" (a number of whom don't even live in Florida) who made it their mission to blacken the name of the shelter and make Pizano a scapegoat. They hired a plane to fly over the shelter, pulling a banner with kill stats on it, they organised protests outside the shelter (which resulted in few animals being adopted), they spread erroneous stories of disease outbreak, and they built up online hatred for Pizano and MDAS. Nowhere in their campaign was there any thought about the effect this would have on the animals in the shelter. Of course, this group are now patting themselves on the back and congratulating themselves for ridding MDAS of its barrier to going no kill, never mind the fact that there is still a desperate need for no/low cost spay/neuter resources, funding cut backs and education.

Wns
Wns

This is a sad day for the animals of Miami-Dade.  These activist groups have no idea about the "greater good"; they all have their littel areas they want supported. If one of these groups were running the show, they would be berated by the other groups.  This is a tireless and thankless job.  Dr. Piano took an oath as a veterinarian to help animals and that is all she did from the day she arrived at Animal Services.  Good Luck Dr. Pizano, you gave a valant effort and are to be commended for all you did!!!

WickedCats
WickedCats

Euthanasia: The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment.

Only a handful of the animals left at this "shelter" are ill, the rest are healthy.  Left there because of owner boredom,  sudden"allergy" issues or just plain ignorance.  In the time she was there, rescues who were often begging to take excess animals were never allowed to do so.   There are cities in this country that have no-kill shelters, and they are not the overcrowded  concentration camps that is the MDAS.

ASteinberg
ASteinberg

Good riddance to a person who frankly did not do a very good job, and money isn't really the reason.  People at other shelters have done more on less.

"It is a poor musician who blames his instrument."

MB resident
MB resident

I think she tried her best with the limited resources afforded her.  She made mistakes. But, if you research how bad things were prior to her arrival you would realize she was an improvement.

The proposed budget for the new fiscal year takes out $394,000 of the Animal Services budget.  Given the economic times we are living in, the intake at the shelter is only going to get worse.  Those who think her resignation will make move Miami-Dade County any closer to no kill is sadly mistaken.

Use all of the energy expended on demonizing this woman and use it towards demanding a budget from the County Commission for Animal Services that has a crapload of money for  spay/neuter.  Make spay/neuter mandatory. 

sade
sade

GetReal:   As someone who has been involved in animal rescue for quite some time, while comments regarding such are appreciated - your opinions are simplistic and clearly you:  1) Have spent no extensive length of time at Miami-Dade's shelter; 2) Spent no significant time rescuing animals in the County.  

Dr. Pizano was absolutely NOT a great candidate for this position.   There are areas in this country that have a lot worse animal problems and handle same a lot better and humanely.  Frankly, I don't see any reason to argue with someone who seems to think they know it all about rescue but if you don't do this type of work day in and day out - then stay out of the fray.

Miami-Dade's animal problem is multi-faceted.   Education of the public does work but not if you don't know how to do it effectively.  How do I know this?  Done it and it was successful.   Many neighborhoods in the County have their own animal rescue to preclude any animals going to the Miami-Dade shelter.  The shelter in our County is not a shelter at all but more like Haiti triage.  Very sad. 

Now, in my personal extensive experience, these are the main problems I have seen that causes issues:

1.  People treat pets like handbags - Moving?  No problem.  Let's get a new place to live and I don't want my pet anymore.  I might even just leave it in the old apt if no one answers my Facebook post or Craigslist ad.  "I want a puppy" - turns into - "It is too much work.  I don't have time.  I will just dump it at a dog park and someone will pick it up or take it to the shelter because I can't be bothered with this responsibility anymore.  I thought pets were easy.  I can't go to happy hour or anything and the animal is peeing in my house and ruining my stuff."   - this list goes on and on and on.   Got a lot of "I am going to travel through Europe for a year....I can't take my dog with me"   this past year.  "I don't have the money to take my animal to the vet so I just won't do it."   Where do you people think distemper comes from?  And other diseases? 

2.  Lots of people don't like to spay their male dogs.  Have no idea why.  Met tons of them.   and they claim they don't want to breed their dog either.   Dog sex is quick!  Fools.  Psychological issues if you ask me.  And clearly have no responsibility or understanding of having a pet.

3.  Breeders.   Horrible bunch.   Always claim "all of my puppies are still with good owners"....  Really?  Then where are all these pure bred dogs dumped on the road coming from?  Breeding is so stupid at this point.  And sickening.  And anyone who seems to want to be a breeder can be.....  Some breeders are o.k.  Most - not.   Lots of puppy mills.   Any pet store "selling" animals is contributing to the problem.  Got to have that product to make that money.

4.  Out of sight - out of mind mentality of most.   But Florida is full of those gems of humanity.  If they can't see it - it ain't there.  Ever wonder where your sewage goes fools?  Into the Ocean.  Nice and disgusting.   Hence all the dead fish in the Bay from time-to-time.   And high bacteria levels at our beaches and in the Bay.   And forget the poor animals, children under the watch of DCF seem to be found murdered after being tortured and these cases are not isolated....

How to fix?  Depends on where you live.   Some areas of this country really care.   Most places don't care.   If anyone wants to do something to help with the problem.   Have your own neighborhood rescue group and band together and help those animals in your neighborhood.  Our rescue group does just that - and we will help people if they have a hard time paying vet bills; and with animal care.  But it is a cooperative group effort.   If every neighborhood did that - things would get better.   But - the residents of Florida on whole don't give a crap about anything excepting their own individual selves - trash all over the street - if a Florida resident did not put it there - they sure as hell ain't gonna pick it up.   Oh - and if you start doing this work - get ready to need some counseling because the level of animal abuse and neglect you will see is horrifying.

I will say this - either start helping proactively with any issue you feel is important to solve.  Please do this people.  It does help.   But yapping about it and then just doing absolutely nothing is a waste of time for all.   Pick one thing that you care about and try a make a difference.

The govt. ain't ever gonna do it. 

jim98122x
jim98122x

Nobody gets into the animal welfare business because they don't like dogs&cats.  It's easy to point blame at the top-- but part of the problem is always funding.  Knowing Miami-Dade, I'm sure the shelters are horrendously short of resources and there is no political will or public support for finding more $$ for them via tax increases.  Shelter workers never get paid squat.  Given these realities, euthanasia is a necessary "evil".  As someone who has volunteered directly with an animal shelter for more than 10 years, I know that the answers are not as easy as the public always thinks they are.  To suggest that the director doesn't care about animals is just absurd.  Nobody gets into that "business" if they don't.

Valerie
Valerie

Its truly amazing to see these animal rights activists loudly orating their dissatisfaction with euthanasia which is far more humane than dealing with what they are NOT doing - something, anything, to get the truly out-of-control populations of stray dogs and feral cats in hand. Ever seen cats die of starvation? HIV? Its not a pleasant sight and euthanasia is the best option - as a human being that CARES. These "activists" all talk the talk, but very few of them walk the walk of constructive solutions. Let's see them DO SOMETHING to stem the problem than just SHOUT DA SHIT as they walk around in their diapers of stinking discontent.

S. Savory
S. Savory

Wow this is so sad but Im glad that evil woman is gone.  Poor animals. ;(

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

Maybe at least torturing cats to death with hearsticks and killing lost pets "by mistake" as their owners were driving over to claim them will stop, though.  That's some progress.

GetReal
GetReal

Sade,

I applaud your efforts-- I think its great that you feel passionately about the topic and are actively working to address the problem. Still, I think its pretty unfair for you to assume I have no experience in the matter or that my ideas are simplistic-- especially since you and I clearly agree on several points. Honestly, the conclusions you come to aren't necessarily rooted in your experience. You don't really have to spend twenty years working in a shelter to know that people aren't being responsible-- just look around.

And I'm glad you feel personally satisfied with your education efforts, but how in the world can you claim success? Neither you, the Human Society, the Cat Network, the SPCA, AARF, nor any other agency has halted the spread of unwanted animals. Let me say it one more time, Sade: TOO MANY ANIMALS and, unfortunately, not enough good people like you. Face it, the depth of your dedication renders you in the minority. 

Hence the continuing need for shelters. And because private efforts have failed miserably, the shelters must exist as a government response. You may not like it, but don't say the government is doing nothing. And they could be doing so much more but, unfortunately, their hands are often tied because people continually voice objections without offering real solutions. That's why government agencies can't remove feral cat colonies from our parks and preserves, trap nuisance cats in our neighborhoods, or humanely control populations. 

I'm happy to have caring citizens like you in our ranks, but I do hope you can also appreciate that getting every animal into a loving home is simply unrealistic.

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

You are just trotting out the same old tired excuses and bs to rationalize the continued killing.  There are cities with larger animal intakes that have had success at no kill. Many cities put those who score lowest on the aptitude tests for county jobs in the animal shelters. There is a culture of cruelty and apathy that exists at many shelters...these are nothing but concentration camps for animals.   In these regressive conditions, very few true animal lovers can remain.  Many of the workers who do are sadists, like the ones in New York who were chanting "kill kitty kill kitty" while torturing and killing a terrified tuxedo cat in the shelter there. When that video surfaced, that shelter director was "moved". . These people are sadists, not animals lovers. Many forward thinking states are considering Companion Animal Protection Legislation that would make convenience killing illegal and require shelters to work with legitimate rescue and foster groups.  It would also make retaliatory killing illegal (shelters often kill animalls to get back at rescuers and volunteers for exposing the terrible conditions...they will often kill the very animals the rescue group wanted to save.)  The no kill movement is gaining ground with intelligent, compassionate individuals who will not tolerate the killing anymore.  There will always be shrill voices fighting for the old regime of kill kill kill, like you (saying it is a necessary evil, no funding, blah blah blah), but eventually, no kill will be the way of the nation.   Many shelter workers are not animal lovers.  It's just a job to them. They need to be held to a high level of legal accountability and scrutinized.  Following the steps of the no kill formula is actually more cost effective than killing anyway. And don't bother calling it "euthansia".  When the animal is healthy or treatable, it's just killing.  Period.  The people who perform it are killers.  Period.

Mave7700
Mave7700

I do not know how you say you care and stand there looking at a perfectly healthy animal get killed.  There are many abusers probably know working or volunteering at a shelter that are animal abusers and that like to see them suffer, that is evil that is abusive as well as psycho.  It is not easy but killing the animals is not the answer period these are gods creatures and how did we treat them or what did we do to protect the defenseless?  What is going to be your answer when you confront our creator?

GetReal
GetReal

Listen, dude, Jesus didn't live in Kendall and get dog shit on his sandles every time he stepped out his front door.

WickedCats
WickedCats

So should we kill all he people in the world that have HIV, or who do not have food or shelter?   Stop using euthanasia, because that is a word used when referring to a person or animal that is ill or in misery.  These animals are healthy.

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

Valerie...you're the one full of stink.  The animals that Pizano killed were usually healthy and adoptable.  It's called convenience killing... killing because Pizano couldn't be bothered to actually work for her six figure salary.  I have heard countless cases of people trying to adopt an animal but the animal was killed instead because her employees didn't bother to cross check the kill list with the adopt list.....and then she would not answer their phone calls when they wanted to inquire about what the heck happened. 

nevernot
nevernot

You're confusing euthanasia with allowing animals to die from massive infections, communicable diseases, and sheer neglect. If all she was doing was painlessly euthanizing animals it would be one thing but after being caught performing "heartsticks" they kept right on performing them. The shelter is a disgrace, take a walk around it and let me know if any sentient living being should be subjected to what they had to go through.

Patty
Patty

Animal advocates work to have pets spayed and neutered and spend a lot of time and money toward that goal.  To suggest they are not doing anything is just a lie!

Sjobs
Sjobs

Don't be so ignorant.  Euthanasia is far more merciful than having life forced on these animals from people like you.

sade
sade

Well, let me be specific:

1. I did not task myself with solving the entire animal welfare and population problem for the entire world, the USA or Miami-Dade County in my successful education efforts.  Gosh darn - at a salary of $150,000k plus per year not including benefits (lots of them)....I probably could have done more (Dr. Pizano's salary was more than this).  I picked certain areas of the country where I simply was living and we (other like-minded people) started in one area and "spread" as resources would allow (which was NOT MONEY - it was time and people.  Volunteers are key.)  Oh, and I did this for no money.  I used my little work money as did all the other volunteers to help the animals.  I live with less to help my community.

2.  The salary of the Animal Services Director in Miami is huge.  Dr. Pizano did what she could but she was not adept at the following:

a.  Developing volunteer programs, resources.   Animals are actually easier to get volunteers for than other issues - people seem to gravitate towards saving animals.  We attended volunteer activities she tried to institute - no one was trained; no coordination; nothing.  In fact, a many times volunteers showed up - she simply was not there ("she was sick") and "forgot" about the volunteers coming.   Leaves the wrong message with the volunteers.

b.  Developing and coordinating a public relations effort about the shelter's problems/needs  etc.   You got way too many dogs and you are getting ready to Euthanize healthy ones - throw a fit on WSVN!  The rare few times she did this - the adoption/rescue efforts were extraordinary.  It was not always perfect but better than most would realize.

c.  Have you read her budgets since her inception as Director?  I have.  You would be appalled at how Miami-Dade doles our your money.   In more successful areas of the country, the Government has done creative and unique things such as spinning animal services off to a non-profit organization such as the LOCAL (not national) ASPCA.  Why?  You can't donate food etc. to Miami-Dade County without going through so much red tape.  Food?  How do we know this?  WE tried to do same!  

d.  Staff morale is horrible.   That is always top-down.  Always.   Maybe she was precluded from doing her job efficiently from the Mayor.  Who knows.  But the staff there is clean "worn-out" and that is a clear sign change is needed.

e.  It is very, very difficult to pull animals out of the shelter once they have been dumped there.   You have to be quite dedicated to do same and have a very, very high frustration level.  Many times we have found dogs in the road who are micro-chipped to Miami-Dade.  We are required by law to call the shelter and locate the owner before we adopt these pups to anyone else.   Well lo and behold - Miami-Dade gives us a euthanize date and states the dog has been destroyed.  Well that is impossible when one is holding a dog with a chip.  This is not isolated.   This happens with almost every single dog we find with a chip to that sorry excuse for a shelter.  I mean that can be cleaned up.

f.  Her true numbers (animals saved/euthanized/etc.) have not changed significantly since she arrived.  Look them up.

g.  Her response to everything (all of my personal correspondence with her and others) is "we need more money".   Well - all one needs to do is go outside of the shelter and visit reputable rescue organizations in South Florida who do way more with way less.  It is what it is.

h.  If one studies her budgets it seems a lot of her time is spent dealing with the "policing" side of Animal Control - neglect cases; dangerous dog cases - your basic "animal cops".   Those animal cops write tickets and all of that crap is administered through her agency.  Maybe the animal cops should work with the shelter but some of the administrative issues be moved back to the police (police already set-up to schedule court dates etc.).

i.  Animal intake is not that at all.  Want to know how disease spreads?  Improper intake.  Want to know how to have less intake - a volunteer army of rescue volunteers at the ready at the shelter to explain to those bringing animals what the true and most likely outcome of same will be.  Rescue organizations have tried to bring such a service to Miami-Dade.  And guess what?  Dr. Pizano disagreed and made it extremely difficult.  After much interaction with her she reminds me of a career politician who believes if she is accepting help from anyone she is not doing her job.   That is an extraordinary problem to overcome if one is in the business of helping animals.

j.  She has zero construction experience so she should absolutely NOT be overseeing any facility construction.   Many volunteers would have helped clean/upkeep our shelter - but she precludes all outside offers of assistance.  It has been heartbreaking to witness.

The shelter needs - more coordinated volunteer programs and better PR and a great team.  I hope it arrives.  It is sorely needed.  The place is animal Auschwitz at this point. 

jim98122x
jim98122x

That's all well and good...but animals need to eat.  Food costs money.  Cages need to be cleaned out of poop.  Who will do that, the animals themselves?  No-- people do that, and they have to get paid too.  When there's not enough people to clean up after the animals, and not enough money to pay more employees, and not eough money to feed and house a huge number of animals because irresponsible people don't spay or neuter their animals-- what do you suggest?  The last time you got your voting ballot with a couple of items asking to raise your property taxes-- did you vote "no" on all of them?

Nobody likes to euthanize animals, especially if they're healthy.  Your claim than known abusers working at shelters like to see them suffer is pure nonsense.

GetReal
GetReal

I'll never defend cruelty or neglect... but it is folly to believe that every unwanted animal can be placed in a loving home. Period. 

GetReal
GetReal

Maybe so, but when do we finally admit failure? Despite countless admonitions by Bob Barker to spay and neuter their animals, despite countless tax dollars funding the availability of these services for free, and despite decades of organized capture-neuter-release programs, what is our present state of affairs? Shelters are still packed to the walls with unwanted animals, parks are still overrun with feral cat colonites, and neighborhoods are plagued by hordes of homeless cats and dogs. That a dedicated minority are trying to be responsible stewards is not in questions, but clearly, their efforts will never solve the larger issue. 

Time would be better spent going after those unscrupulous individuals who treat their animals like breeding stock for the mass production of lucrative puppies. Not hard to find them, either: just drive down most busy streets on Saturdays or Sundays and you'll likely see the same faces week after week.

Debi Day
Debi Day

I see you are a killing apologist. Is that you Ingrid?

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

Oh yeah, SJobs? Is that what the animals told you?  If given the choice, animals value life just as much as any person.  I've seen terminally ill people who are bedridden who still cling to and value life..  What makes you think animals don't feel the same way?  It seems to me that animals are more emotionally developed than many people, especially those such as yourself. 

GetReal
GetReal

Agreed... if it were up to these "pet lovers" our streets and neighborhoods would be overrun with neglected animals. Fact: there are simply too many unwanted animals and not enough people able to provide them with the proper care they deserve. And is it any wonder why? Given our present economy, people are having a hard enough time caring for themselves!

In a perfect world, every living, sentient being would eventually pass away peacefully in their sleep from old age. But our world is far from perfect, and life is messy. Keeping unwanted animals alive is not the same as providing them a quality existence. And because there is no way to guarantee the latter, humane euthanasia is presently a necessary evil.

When will we realize that the anwer to all of our world's ills lies in two simple words: population control. 

sade
sade

Oh and a final note:

I am sick and tired of blame and blah blah blah.  How a society cares for its animals is indicative of that society itself.  Miami-Dade County residents need to learn to give a crap and work together to alleviate this problem.  It can be fixed.  Yes it can.  But it will require a willingness to correct and honest assessment of past practices.  If it did not work in the past - it is not going to work in the future.  And there is no way to do without an army of volunteers and I know they exist.   But their experiences with the shelter and that woman specifically is so difficult it makes one give up.   That gives me pause and causes me to realize - she may be good at some things - but being a good leader - Not.   Everyone upset about this doing something!  Anything - it can be as simple as cross-posting animals on Facebook.  Every little bit counts.  Even sending good energy to the problem helps.  Thanks.

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

Getreal, first the comment about dog poop, then the ignorant drivel about feral cats!  You truly hate animals. don't you?  By the way, those studies about the feral cats have been disproven and the science they were based on was faulty.  The groups who do these studies are cat hating extremists who have an agenda...one "scientist" was arrested and is awaiting charges for trying to kill the cats in the park in DC.. A real nutcase.  These people grew up watching Tweety and Sylvester cartoons and took them seriously.  Their studies were formed simply to demonize the cats and of course, several special interest groups pounced on the skewed studies so they wouldn't have to address the REAL threat to birds-human over development and activity.  It was much easier for them to make the cats a scapegoat. You want to educate yourself (and I doubt you do) look up Alley Cat Allies website and get the real  facts. And not all cats kill birds.  I myself have observed outside cats not only ignore the many birds walking around where they were lounging but actually allow the birds to share their food.

GetReal
GetReal

Guest, my statement was not misleading at all. As I clearly said abover: feral cats are the single-most damaging invasive species in North America. We're not discussing habitat loss here--the point was whether or not those who profess to love "animals" are justified in supporting feral cat colonies. It all depends on our biases...

Guest
Guest

This is misleading. Cats may be a damaging species to birds - and I advocate keeping all cats indoors - but the single most damaging factor to wildlife is human alteration of the habitat aka "development". Wildlife experts who have studies cats' impact on birds will admit as much.

As for animals in shelters - staff are always dismayed with the flimsy excuses people give for dumping their pets in shelters - sometimes pets they've had for years!

GetReal
GetReal

Jim, you're answer is right on. Mave, public education campaigns can only do so much. In the end, there will always be issues of economics, personal values, or simple apathy that lead to animals that are neglected, exploited, and/or abused. Its all well and good to call upon the good book and stand by a mantra that "we must have no kill shelters period," but  in the end, that doesn't really solve the underlying problem: the supply far outpaces the demand.

And BTW, let's be clear to differentiate "pet lovers" from "animals lovers." Ample evidence suggests that feral cats are the single-most damaging invasive species in North America--responsible for significant carnage to our native wildlife. In truth, advocating for their existence condemns untold millions of less cuddly animals to execution. Or are birds, rats, mice, and squirrels not allowed in heaven?As for the day I meet my Creator, I'll remind him how respectfully turned the other cheek to a commenter who unjustly called me psycho and evil... that should get me in those pearly gates ;-)

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

Getreal...your ignorance is amazing.  There is a no kill solution...read the books by Nathan Winograd.  It just takes some effort and work on the part of the director. There will always be the apologists like you who defend the killing....but in reality, these shelters have empty cages and keep on killing for convenience.  This should not be acceptable in any society that calls itself civilized. It would not be acceptable if homeless people were killed for convenience and therefore it should not be acceptable to kill animals for convenience. These are sentient beings too.  Pizano would kill litters of healthy kittens after refusing to let a rescue group foster them and find them homes.  There were way too many "mistaken euthanasias". The horror stories are endless. She preferred to kill.  It's disgusting that people are such scum that they would defend this evil. They have the same mentality as the folks in the European villages in the 1940's who saw the smoke columns and went about their business. Evil is evil, whether or not it is perpetuated against people or animals, and it is never acceptable.

GetReal
GetReal

Nevernot, I think you and I are seeing eye to eye.

nevernot
nevernot

Agreed, but when they are given up they at least deserve basic respect. Go by the shelter and see what I mean. When they house animals that die because of infections caused by living in their own waste, and easily treated and prevented diseases take out a large number of animals something's wrong. Look up the heartstick procedure as well, inhumane doesn't begin to describe it.

del_jake
del_jake

"Time would be better spent going after those unscrupulous individuals"  Totally agree, but it takes less time and effort to tell other people what they are doing wrong than to actually do something positive.  Have you ever noticed the ones doing all the finger pointing have lower adoption rates than those they are complaining about. 

This "no-kill" group in DE is a good example -  nokilldelaware.org .  They are actually defending a person who supposedly rescued a dog from the shelter and the dog later showed up emaciated 4 days after it was  lost by the person he allowed to foster the animal, and the dog had multiple bite wounds.  Their state claims to be the first to pass legislation that requires shelters to hand their dogs over to whatever non-profit wants them, apparently even to the unscrupulous dog traders and for all they know possibly dog fighters.  I'm up here on vacation when I heard about this and couldn't believe it.  What a sad state of affairs for animal welfare. 

gwg
gwg

You forgot reason #4: the people presenting the alternative ideas do so in such a manner that you immediately take against them. They dictate a list of ways to improve the shelter (many of which require significant financial investment), they tell you that you're crap at your job, they encourage hatred towards you through online media, they endorse protests at the shelter (which caused adoptions to drop by 50%, not that the protestors cared), and they expect it all to happen overnight. Oh, and did I mention they offer no actual practical help, like rescuing animals or volunteering at the shelter?

If anyone suffers from an excess of ego or laziness, it's people who think they have all the answers without having any practical experience (and no, reading a book doesn't count as experience).

Jaime S. Gonzalez
Jaime S. Gonzalez

Your wrong I worked there she originally closed down the free Spayed and Neutered Programs that the previous Administration had put in place but then when all the problems surged she decided to put them in place again btw she wasted our tax paying dollars on assistants and other useless crap her assistant's earned more than $100,000 dollars they names were Dr. Rada and Robert Santos so please stop talking out of your a**

Jaime S. Gonzalez
Jaime S. Gonzalez

you have no idea what you are talking about there are "no kill shelters" that work just fine the Animal Shelter in Broward County is a no kill shelter and let me just say it is run more efficiently with less money than our shelter here in Miami Dade County 

Debi Day
Debi Day

Volunteering isadmirable but it does not zero out the deaths at the hand of the decision makers.Furthermore, I would think volunteering would be a normal civicresponsibility from a shelter director who, by the way, one must do sometype of community service to satisfy continuing education requirementsas part of having a vet licensing agreement with the departmentof professionalbusiness and regulation or whatever the proper name isfor the agency.  I hope no one gets hurt whilepatting themselves on the back!

Have a great night.

Debi Day
Debi Day

I see this all thetime...unwillingness to try new ideas, ideas that have a proven success rate,but you people on the killing side of the fence are determined tocling to the only answer you know-Kill Kill Kill, but you do it for their owngood...Really? What a sad situation this is when we as an alleged civil societyrefuse to be honest with ourselves and look at the alternatives tokilling. The reasons (generally speaking) "you" refuse to even trythe no kill alternative. Expert psychologists have come upwith their own set of theories on why one would fight No Kill-theyhave been narrowed down by experts. Following are standard reasons why somerefuse to accept new ideas even if the risk is ZERO.

 

#1.  EGO- forexample, you have been working for the county in ASD for the past 20 years. Youare the expert in all shelter/Animal Control issues in yourtown. Along comes a group of "animal people" that say toyou, “wait, there is an alternative to the killing-you have beengoing about it wrong...". Now what? What about all those people that havelooked up to you, those people you have trained, even mentored? Nowyou have to go back and say "I have been clinging to archaic animalshelter models that don't work and have never world- I was wrong." Pretty humiliating coming from the 20 year town expert...? 

 

OR

 

#2.  GREED- this is more obvious; you are simply collecting a paycheck-period!

 

... which leads me tothe 3rd reason for refusing to change or even try No Kill in your shelter;laziness,  plain and simple.

 

Have a wonderfulevening, 

Debi Day
Debi Day

Wrong again. "...the answer to all of our world's ills lies in two simple words: Get Honest

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

Hey Nickey...Are you going to adopt all the little children in the world who need homes?  No?  So I guess you think it's okay to kill them, too.

ZulahRosen63
ZulahRosen63

Yeah Sean, sure.....the heartstick without anesthesia....taking down the cameras...firing the whistleblower and retaining the torturer in MDAS employ........the countless "mistaken euthansias"...killing for convenience when there were empty cages...sure, she was a real animal lover.  Yep.  Sure.

NickR
NickR

Then you're going to take them all in. No? Thought so.

Xman23
Xman23

How's the hamburger, Mave?  Why aren't food drives that include meat a target for people like you?  Are you just a specie-ist?

Mave7700
Mave7700

So you think you and your little friend are so intelligent?  I would say just by your comment you are psycho and twisted, something is really wrong with you if you think killing animals is o.k.

SmarterSean
SmarterSean

I know Dr. Sara Pizano volunteered countless hours for the spayed and neutered drives! Once again in this country the ignorant minority overcame the intelligent majority...

Mave7700
Mave7700

No killing the animal is not the answer

Mave7700
Mave7700

The world is not perfect but just because it is not perfect whatever your definition of it is does not mean we should go around and kill perfectly healthy dogs just because people want it that way.  Would you like if if you did not fit into this world and someone just decided to kill you just because.  These dogs are at our mercy and we must have no kill shelters period and apartment complexes should let the people rent the apartments with their pets period.  We pay rent and should be able to keep our family pets and we should not kill the animals.  Get real you should get real because it is people like you that have no empathy and do nothing about the situation that gets worse.  What have you done for your community in order to resolve this problem in an ethical moral way?  What have you done to educate your family the school district about spaying your dogs and not abusing them?  

GetReal
GetReal

Believe me, I applaud your noble intentions. But we do have to face facts: responsible pet owners do not--and cannot--dictate what the less responsible do. Nor are the numbers of responsible pet owners sufficient to take in every homeless dog and cat in south Florida. As evidence? We'd have no shelters to argue about otherwise.

So while we all aspire to treat companion animals with the love and dignity they should be afforded, the question still remains unanswered: what do you do with the overwhelming tide of unwanted pets? Unfortunately, euthanasia has its place and, unfortunately, we are all the very reason why.

Guest
Guest

No,if it were up to the "pet lovers" allpets would be spayed and neutered. Just because the world is imperfect and messy does not mean people shouldn't fight for what is right to straighten out the mess. 

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