DATE: March 1, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
A public hearing to discuss proposed changes in fees for certain animal care services is set for March 12, at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale. In some cases costs have been reduced to encourage adoption and registration of pets. The proposed changes also take into consideration the increased costs of providing medical care and other services.
For those convicted of cruelty to animals, the fines imposed would increase to a flat fee of $500 per offense, under a proposal initiated by Broward County Commissioner Martin David Kiar.
“Cruelty to animals, which is of course the worst, as currently proposed for the first offense was $350 and the subsequent offenses are $500. I want to change the first offense and all subsequent offenses to each $500 just to raise it to the maximum. If you're found guilty of cruelty to animals, you should pay the maximum,” said Commissioner Kiar in support of his proposal, which was approved by the Commission for public discussion at the March 12 hearing.
In a separate issue, Commissioners directed the County Attorney to draft an amended ordinance pertaining to an increase in fines for dogs who have been trained to fight, are unlicensed, or not spayed or neutered. The proposed amendment to increase those fines will be brought back to the Commission for future discussion and approval at a later date.