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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade county residents will get a chance to vote on the creation of  the Miami-Dade Pets’ Trust that would help eliminate the killing of some 20,000 dogs and cats a year.

Tuesday, Miami-Dade commissioners agreed to place a non-binding question on the November 6th ballot which asks residents whether they’d be willing to pay a small property tax increase in order to create the Pets’ Trust.

The trust would fund programs designed to reduce pet population and abandonment.

Proponents say the average homeowner would pay an extra $20 a year to help eliminate killings at county-run Animal Services.

The Pets’ Trust is modeled on the county’s Children’s Trust, which generates a dedicated funding source for services to children.

Despite record adoptions and rescues in the past few years, about 20,000 animals are euthanized because there’s no space to keep most of them longer than five days. Most are healthy.

For more information about the trust, visit


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