Buddy's Law
  • Petitioned City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste

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City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste

Buddy's Law

    1. Petition by

      Dale Blake

      Tampa, FL

October 2012


When Dale Blake's dog Buddy escaped his yard and was killed by a vehicle, Dale was unable to find Buddy's body because the City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste was not consistently using its microchip scanner when picking up animals. With public support and inquiries from a reporter, Dale's issue was resolved and other Tampa, Florida pet owners will be able to identify their pets.

On May 3, 2012 my dog Buddy escaped my yard and was shortly run over and killed. Like many dogs do, he lost his collar while escaping and therefore the only way to identify him was by his microchip. It was after I posted his lost flyers that someone called to let me know she had seen him after he had been hit and killed the morning he got loose. I would like for the City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste to use a scanner on dogs and cats they pick up so the owner will be notified of what happened to their dog or cat. My neighborhood always has signs up looking for lost dogs and it's a terrible feeling not knowing where your pet is or what happened to them. I believe letting pet owners know that their pets were killed would prevent unnecessary worrying and searching. Of course the pet owners are going to be unhappy to hear that their pets were killed, but it's still better than not knowing what happened to them.

Recent signatures


    1. Buddy's Law Petition To Be On Local News 10-16-2012 @ 5:30

      Dale Blake
      Petition Organizer

      I received an email yesterday from a reporter who was interested in doing a story about my starting a petition through Change.org. This morning I had an interview with a reporter at my house and it will be on tonight's channel 8 news at 5:30. From what I have been told the City is suppose to check fro micro chips on deceased pets, but in Buddy's case they didn't. I can't help to wonder how many other pets were not scanned as well. I am sure the news story will have a major impact on helping Buddy's Law change the way the City handles deceased pets they pick up.

      Thanks everyone for your support!

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    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Steve Blake TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      DOGS RULE!!!

      • about 2 years ago

      Love Animals

      • about 2 years ago

      It could also be MY animal!

    • Sandra Monteyne HOLIDAY, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I agree with the owner of Buddy. It would alleviate a lot of worrying on the owner to know sooner than later what has happened to their dog. As a pet owner I can sympathize with him.

    • Ann VanTassel HOLIDAY, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I have 4 dogs, and occasional it happens, they get out. So even if you find the saddest thing to happen, at least you don't have to continue searching for the lost pet. Go and rescue another from the shelter to give a wonderful home to. Poor Buddy, he looks so adorable. I am sorry for your loss Dale....


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