Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Miami Dade Gets a New Director

via Animal Rights Examiner Michele Gwynn, of the wonderful

In the rescue community, knowing a dog is at Miami Dade Animal Services is like knowing it has a death sentence. The infamous C-ward is the place dogs rarely make it out of. A few months ago abuse was alleged and now the animal protestors there have had their day. Thank you to them, and to Grace Avila, whistleblower extraordinaire!, and to the Mayor, for heeding the many calls made. Good luck (and we'll be watching) to the new director.
Pizano's resignation comes as no surprise. In addition to a lawsuit against the county by a pet owner whose dog (that was microchipped and identified when picked up by animal control) was euthanized before the owner could pick him up, it was reported here on Examiner back in January that 30 cats had been illegally euthanized by heartstick (IC or intra-cardio injection; a last ditch form of euthanasia reserved for feral cats at kittens too small to be euthanized via an I.V.) in roughly 15 minutes. This massacre was brought to light by then employee, Grace Avila, who, after reporting vet tech (DavidPerez) for violating shelter procedure was "let go" from her position with the shelter.