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Compromised Pets’ Trust plan doesn’t honor your vote

 

Pets’ Trust Miami was an amazing grassroots community effort to stop the killing of our animals. Our leaders have neglected the problem for decades, so the animal rescuers and advocates came together for the first time ever and created a plan to stop the senseless killing of adoptable dogs and cats.

On July 17, 2012, Miami-Dade County commissioners unanimously agreed to put the Pets’ Trust question on the November ballot.

They said that they would “honor the will of the people.” Legally, the only way to do this was a straw ballot. The volunteers of the Pets’ Trust worked tirelessly to share with the community the sad state of our companion animals. The county attorney drafted the language that was approved by the commissioners, and on Election Day, almost 500,000 citizens agreed to spend a little more, an average $20 per year in taxes, to stop killing animals.

• We promised, in return for your vote, a solution and not a temporary fix as was done in the past.

• We promised that the money would not go to Miami-Dade Animal Services, but rather for services for our animals such as high volume spay/neuter clinics that can each do 25,000 surgeries a year.

• We promised an advisory board to monitor the funds and make sure the money was spent correctly.

• We promised that for your vote we would do it correctly.

There is one thing we couldn’t do — enact the legislation. That was up to the mayor and the commissioners.

As you have recently seen, they didn’t listen to your voice and didn’t honor your vote. They said you didn’t know what you were voting for.

The program we promised has been compromised, and we’re going to do everything we can to live up to our promises to you. Help us make sure your vote really does count, because at this point, it doesn’t.

At www.PetsTrustMiami.com, you can sign up to be one of our 10,001 Miamians and lend your voice to ours so we can make sure we keep our promise and ensure that your vote does actually mean something.

Do it for our animals.

Michael Rosenberg, Rita Schwartz and Lindsay Gorton, Pets’ Trust, Miami

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