FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Animal Advocacy Groups Condemn Mass Slaughter of Cats at Miami Dade Animal Services

20 Jun

Miami, Florida – June 20, 2011: Animal advocates are horrified by the most recent incident in a string of documented cases of abuse, poor conditions and disease outbreaks at Miami Dade Animal Services. The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation (MCABSL) and No Kill Nation condemn the recent killing of 81 cats in a single day – a fact which was denied by Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) leadership, but has been verified by shelter records.

MCABSL recently learned that MDAS leadership intended to kill over a 100 cats, as a direct result of one solitary case of Panleukopenia – a disease similar to parvovirus in canines. Advocates reached out to MDAS leadership to ask about the situation, and on June 14, 2011, an e mail directly from MDAS Operations Manager Xiomara Mordcovich to a concerned individual stated the following:

“MDAS did not report and did not euthanize over 100 cats/kittens on Saturday due to the case of Panleukopenia.

One cat tested positive for Panleukopenia. The kittens in his cage were also considered exposed and humanely euthanized. High risk kittens with URI, for instance, were also humanely euthanized. At the end of the day, we had 120 cats/kittens available for Sunday’s (next day) adoption, which is higher than average.”

After further investigation of the situation by MCABSL, the shocking discovery was that on Saturday, June 11, 2011, 81 cats and mostly kittens were killed. This left an approximate total of 60 cats/kittens. On the “MDAS Euthanasia Report” for that day, the reasons given were PARVO AND UPPER RESPIRATORY. However, according to Xiomara’s email, there was only one cat that tested positive for the disease. The majority of the cats killed ranged from one to two months of age. There were also 8 dogs killed, and the reasons given were Parvovirus, injury and “aggression”.

And in a horrifying repeat of the slaughter, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, another 71 cats/kittens were killed. Again, their ages ranged from two to three months. Another eight dogs were also killed, mostly for “aggression”. The total number of animals euthanized on June 11, 2011 was 90, with a price tag to the tax-payers of $334.00. On June 15, 2011, the total number of animals killed was 83, with a price tag to the tax-payers of $194.00. If we were to transition to a No Kill shelter, the costs for this to our community would have been $0.00.

During March’s distemper outbreak, shelter leadership intended to kill all animals who were not removed from the shelter before the disinfection process began. If it weren’t for the tireless efforts of the rescue community, these animals would have died, but people came together and saved hundreds of lives. This recent slaughter of dozens of cats is more of the same from MDAS – shelter leadership demonstrating a complete disregard for the animals under their care.

Following this most recent in a string of abuses and missteps, MCABSL and No Kill Nation are calling for the resignation of Dr. Sara Pizano, to be replaced with a compassionate and hard-working director who will help lead our community to a No Kill future, instead of needlessly slaughtering the homeless pets of Miami-Dade. Please sign and share the petition for her removal:



4 Responses to “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Animal Advocacy Groups Condemn Mass Slaughter of Cats at Miami Dade Animal Services”

  1. Melanie Agnello June 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    The killing there just never ends, and they try to justify with aggressive behavior and illness. I’m not believing any of it. We helped them in March and they said their intake policy would change. So much for that plan, they still state on most/all adoption record that the animal HAS BEEN exposed to Parvo & Dis Temper. Really what happen to your plan Dr. Pisano, guessing she prefers death. What a disgrace to call yourself a Doctor.

    • Robert June 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

      What exactly do you want them to do with all the unwanted animals? It’s sad but the vast majority of the people here in Dade Co. don’t spay or neuter their animals and this is the result.
      I don’t think anyone at MDAS wants this but it’s real easy to sit back and say “THEY should do this and THEY should do that”

      • Hannah Sentenac June 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

        Hi Robert,
        No Kill communities have been created all over the country, including Washoe County, Nevada (Reno); Tompkins County, New York; Austin, Texas, among many others. In those communities, along with most others, there are people who don’t spay/neuter their pets. However, a progressive No Kill shelter can find homes for all these “unwanted” animals. The No Kill Equation has been proven effective, but shelter leadership has to make lifesaving a priority. You can read more about the No Kill Equation here: No Kill is possible in ANY community, including Miami Dade – but we need shelter leadership who’s willing to implement these policies.


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