Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava may have two cats at home, but the legislation she is proposing will mostly help dogs. On December 3, she is asking residents of Miami Dade County to come to a meeting to discuss the three pieces of legislation that are all aimed at helping the animals in Miami Dade.
She spoke to Shelter Me and explained the reason for the meeting.
“As the commissioner I try to listen to stakeholders and constituents. It’s very important that I get feedback and buy-in on pieces of legislation.”
Commissioner Levine Cava’s three bills include tightening the restrictions on sales of puppy mill dogs in Miami Dade County. Levine Cava said, “There is current legislation, but it has not been enforced. (We are) proposing to strengthen the current law by saying only sales of rescue dogs are allowed in pet shops; the exception are hobby breeders. They could continue to sell, but not in stores.” She commented that currently, puppies are brought in from countries in South America to sell in pet stores.
Another bill would lower the permitted age of volunteers in shelters to 15 from the current age of 18. Levine Cava believes that it’s important to educate the younger generation on responsible pet ownership and treatment of animals. The third piece of legislation is to create an animal abuse registry for Miami Dade County. This would help ensure that animals adopted from shelters and rescues would not go to known animal abusers.
Those interested in animal welfare and possible legislation, or who just want to meet Commissioner Levine Cava to talk to her about animal welfare, should attend the meeting. The event will be at Florida Blue, 8895 SW 136th Street, Miami, in one of their meeting rooms. For more information, Commissioner Levine Cava’s contact information is on the District 8 website.