Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 872
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/18/2013           .                                

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