TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A Miami Gardens congresswoman has filed a detailed proposal that would set guidelines for animal shelters before stray animals can be euthanized.READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall
Rep. Barbara Watson’s nine-page bill includes numerous requirements such as posting on the Internet photographs and information about each stray animal impounded. If possible owners are identified, shelters would have to undertake “due diligence” in notifying owners, such as trying to contact them by phone and mail.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County
Among the other requirements, the bill would mandate a minimum holding period of five business days for stray animals that are impounded.
Among numerous other provisions, the bill would set conditions for the care of animals in shelters. That would include providing fresh food and water, cleaning of cages and “environmental enrichment,” such as socialization, toys and treats.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,977 New Cases, 66 Additional Deaths Reported Saturday
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.