Embattled Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Resigns; Advocates Call for a No Kill Replacement

5 Aug

Dr. Sara Pizano, the embattled Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) officially resigned from her position yesterday afternoon, following several documented reports of alleged neglect and abuse at the taxpayer funded facility. No Kill Nation (NKN) and the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation (MCABSL) urge Miami-Dade County to replace Dr. Pizano with a progressive and compassionate No Kill shelter director.

By MDAS’ own reports, more than 114,000 animals were killed during Dr. Pizano’s tenure.

“This could be the new start Miami-Dade Animal Services needed. A change in leadership at MDAS was long overdue”, remarked NKN’s co-founder Debi Day.

NKN and MCABSL applaud the county’s decision to accept Dr. Pizano’s resignation.

The No Kill movement has demonstrated victories in many states and counties across the country by following a proven lifesaving program known as the No Kill Equation. Nothing is stopping Miami-Dade County from achieving this same success, other than the lack of a shelter director willing to implement the proven No Kill policies contained within the No Kill Equation. Effective leadership is the crucial first step on the road to reaching the 90%+ lifesaving rate indicative of a No Kill shelter.

No Kill communities now exist in many regions across the United States, including Washoe County (Reno), Nevada; Tompkins County (Ithaca), New York; Austin, Texas; and cities and counties in California, Michigan, Kentucky and Virginia, among others.

No Kill policies save lives, save taxpayer money, are consistent with public health and safety, and improve public satisfaction with the job government is doing. No Kill leaders all over the U.S. and the world again have their eyes on Miami-Dade County; this time in the hopes that MDAS will join the No Kill revolution.

The animal-loving taxpayers of Miami-Dade have shown their compassion for our homeless pets time and time again, including last March when they came forward to rescue more than 500 animals from certain death after the shelter shut down due to a distemper outbreak. Now is our chance to stop the killing: our community’s pets and people deserve nothing less than No Kill.

One Response to “Embattled Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Resigns; Advocates Call for a No Kill Replacement”


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