On July 6th, in the aftermath of holiday weekend killing at Miami Dade Animal Services, a disposal truck parked behind the shelter was stacked high with bagged carcasses of homeless pets (these are the trucks that come in twice daily to cart away the many dead). The truck sat, in the boiling Miami heat, overnight – with no refrigeration. Then, it rained.
Concerned rescuers attempted to contact MDAS officials for an explanation (and to inquire about the many health risks involved in such a scenario), but as of yet have received no response.
The following day, rescuers were appalled to see bagged bodies lying on the sidewalk behind the shelter, exposed again to the heat and rain.
The below photos show the bags on the sidewalk and after being loaded onto the truck.
As the Journal of the American Veterinary Association (JAVMA) says, “An animal carcass is composed of microbiologically active material that may contain viruses, bacteria, protozoa, parasites, prions, toxins, drug residues, and other chemicals. All of the biologically active materials need to be reduced to safe amounts, eliminated, or sequestered to minimize their potential hazard.”
Does lying on a sidewalk in the hot summer temps sound like an effective way to reduce biologically active materials?
Obviously the lives of these animals aren’t worth much respect to MDAS leadership – whether dead, or alive. And the health & safety of our community doesn’t look like it’s too high on the priority list, either.
And in the midst of this situation at MDAS, shelters across the country are achieving No Kill success, despite higher per capita intake rates and countless other obstacles. They’re still doing it. They’re not making excuses. They’re not placing the blame on the “irresponsible public”. They just made a commitment to stop the killing – and followed through. Congratulations to one such success story, Austin, Texas – who just celebrated six months of a 90%+ save rate!
If they can do it, so can we. And we won’t settle for anything less. Are you listening, MDAS?!