Florida Senate - 2013 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 872 Barcode 736412 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/18/2013 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Agriculture (Sachs) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 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. 67 68 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 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.