Florida Senate - 2013 CS for SB 872 By the Committee on Agriculture; and Senators Abruzzo, Thompson, Evers, Altman, and Bullard 575-02589-13 2013872c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to animal shelters and animal control 3 agencies; providing a short title; creating s. 823.17, 4 F.S.; providing legislative findings; requiring each 5 animal shelter and animal control agency to compile 6 monthly and annual summaries of statistical data; 7 listing the categories of information required in the 8 summaries; requiring the summaries be posted on the 9 entity’s website within a specified time period; 10 requiring each summary to be signed by the director of 11 the animal shelter or animal control agency as true 12 and accurate; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Transparency in 17 Animal Shelter Act”. 18 Section 2. Section 823.17 Florida Statutes is created to 19 read: 20 823.17 Uniform reporting requirements for animal shelters 21 and animal control agencies. 22 (1) The Legislature finds that additional efforts must be 23 made to find homes for homeless and unwanted animals in an 24 effort to reduce or eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable dogs 25 and cats. To that end, the Legislature finds that defining the 26 problem and assessing programs both require statistical 27 measurement. 28 (2) In furtherance of this policy, provision shall be made 29 for the uniform reporting of statistics related to dogs and cats 30 taken in and the ultimate disposition of the animal. Each animal 31 shelter whether public or private, including all animal control 32 agencies of a county, municipality, or other incorporated 33 political subdivision that euthanizes animals according to s. 34 828.058 shall prepare and maintain the following records on a 35 monthly and annual basis, using the calendar year, and make the 36 reports available for public inspection and dissemination no 37 later than 5 business days after the end of the each calendar 38 month: 39 (a) The total number dogs and cats taken in by the animal 40 shelter and animal control agency, divided by dogs and cats, or 41 others in the following categories: 42 1. Starting inventory/shelter count on the first day of the 43 month; 44 2. Stray/At-large; 45 3. Confiscated/Involuntarily taken; 46 4. Relinquished by owner; 47 5. Born in shelter; 48 6. Owner requested euthanasia; 49 7. Transferred in or imported from within the state; and 50 8. Transferred in or imported from out of the state. 51 (b) The disposition of all animals taken into the animal 52 shelter or animal control agency, divided by dogs and cats in 53 the following categories: 54 1. Adopted; 55 2. Returned to owner; 56 3. Transferred out or exported within the state; 57 4. Transferred out or exported to another state; 58 5. Released in field/TNR; 59 6. Shelter euthanasia; 60 7. Owner requested euthanasia; 61 8. Died in care/other deaths not shown as shelter or owner 62 requested euthanasia; 63 9. Lost in care/Missing animals or records; and 64 10. Ending inventory/shelter count at the end of the last 65 day of the month. 66 (3) Each animal shelter and animal control agency shall 67 post these statistics online on the animal shelter, county, 68 municipality, or other governmental website that controls the 69 animal shelter and that is accessible to the general public 70 within 5 business days after the first day of each month, in 71 accordance with the state’s requirements on the accessibility of 72 public records, as well as make the records available in hard 73 copy as defined in s. 119.07. 74 (4) The director of the animal shelter or animal control 75 agency shall sign each report indicating the report is true and 76 accurate to the best of his or her knowledge. 77 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.