Join the Call for Miami-Dade Animal Services Director's Resignation
  • Petitioned Dr. Sara Pizano

This petition was delivered to:

Animal Services Director
Dr. Sara Pizano
District 12 Commissioner
Jose "Pepe" Diaz
District 2 Commissioner
Jean Monestime
District 6 Commissioner
Rebeca Sosa
District 8 Commissioner
Lynda Bell
District 11 Commissioner
Joe Martinez
District 7 Commissioner
Carlos Gimenez
District 9 Commissioner
Dennis Moss
District 1 Commissioner
Barbara Jordan
District 3 Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson
District 4 Commissioner
Sally Heyman
District 10 Commissioner
Javier Souto
District 5 Commissioner
Bruno Barreiro
Interim County Manager
Alina Hudak

Join the Call for Miami-Dade Animal Services Director's Resignation

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

August 2011


Dr. Sara Pizano, the embattled Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services, officially resigned from her position on August 4, 2011.

Local activists, joined by more than 7,000 members, have been protesting Dr. Pizano's leadership for months. Under Dr. Pizano's tenure, more than 114,000 animals were killed, the shelter faced allegations of abuse and neglect, and offers of assistance from community rescue groups to improve conditions were frequently turned down. With the news of Dr. Pizano's resignation, advocates are celebrating what they hope will be a new day for the county's animals, and are urging local leaders to appoint a director who will work with them to create a no kill community.

Following a landslide vote for the recall of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natasha Seijas, Miami Voice, Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation and No Kill Nation are calling for the resignation of Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Dr. Sara Pizano.

Under Pizano's leadership, which was supported by Alvarez and County Manager George Burgess, who will be resigning in the wake of the recall, Miami-Dade Animal Services killed over 20,000 homeless pets last year -- over 60 percent of the animals who came in their door.

In addition, the shelter has faced controversy over heartstick euthanasia, their high euthanasia rate, and keeping the public and local rescue organizations in the dark about what really happens in the shelter.

It's time for Miami-Dade to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on inhumane policies and to start saving lives. The new leadership in the county must include new leadership at the animal shelter, too. Join the call for Sara Pizano's resignation. 

Photo credit: spotreporting

Recent signatures


    1. Victory! Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Resigns

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Miami News 7 is reporting that Dr. Sara Pizano has submitted her letter of resignation.

    2. Reached 7,000 signatures
    3. Facebook group saves dogs and cats from Miami-Dade Animal Shelter

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "We dedicate ourselves to rescuing dogs and cats," Eloise Rodriguez said. "It's the only way to get the dogs out the Miami-Dade animal services kills more than 20,000 animals every year." It's time to change that track record with new leadership

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. Is Dr. Pizano ignoring disease outbreaks at MDAS?

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "There have been reports of multiple dogs who have visited MDAS for medical services (or who have been adopted/pulled from the shelter)contracting parvovirus, and often dying shortly thereafter..."

    6. Animal Advocacy Groups Condemn Mass Slaughter of Cats at MDAS

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A coalition of animal advocacy groups condemn the recent killing of 81 cats in a single day - the most recent in a string of documented cases of abuse, poor conditions and disease outbreaks at MDAS - renewing the call for Dr. Pizano's resignation.

    7. Reached 5 signatures
    8. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The state's attorney general is looking into the incident of the technician who killed animals using the cruel, prohibited method of "heartstick euthanasia." It's time that MDAS leadership takes responsibility for condoning this cruelty.

    9. Reached 4 signatures
    10. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      MDAS has temporarily closed due to a distemper outbreak. Poor disease management has long been one of the complaints from local rescuers, and one of the reasons why the shelter needs new leadership.

    11. Reached 3 signatures
    12. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      More proof of the mismanagement at MDAS: Miami-Dade Animal Services Department does not have any records that the vet tech who performed the inhumane heartstick euthanasia (and then was merely demoted for the cruelty and breach of procedure) was ever certified to perform any euthanasia.

    13. Reached 2 signatures
    14. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From the Miami New Times: "Animal Rights Activists Want to 'Recall' Animal Services Director Sara Pizano:

    15. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jeffrey weiner MIAMI, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      Under Dr. Pizano's "leadership", the shelter is anything but humane. She should resign immediately.

    • Julie Stalmer SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm in San Diego and while it's not perfect here, they are on the right road.

      The major difference is in the ASSUMPTIONS. San Diego Animal Control assumes an animal will be ADOPTED and takes action toward that (fixing them if needed, giving them vaccines, microchipping them, etc). It's a very FIELD OF DREAMS approach.

      Places like Dade County assume DEATH and take action toward that. A different sort of FIELD OF DREAMS

      Now, this can't all be put on to the shelters. Those of us that see what's happening and do nothing are more of a problem than those we consider "evil." APATHY by people like you and me, not men like Hitler, make Holocausts possible.

      The other main ingredient is OBJECTIFICATION. The feeling or thought process that "they" are not like us. This is the root of all things that break our heart.

      Can you imagine what it must feel like to be objectified out of existence because of the color of your skin, the tone of your beliefs, or the fact that you have a tail.

      EMPATHY is the answer to the question we haven't been bold enough to ask.

    • yesenia bush FRANKLIN, KY
      • about 3 years ago

      if there are not new laws in effect VERY quickly there will be a boycott on Disney World and the tourism of Miami-Dade as a whole. I guarantee Miami's tourism dollars will plummit by next year. If officials will hit these defenseless cats in the heart then we will hit Miami-Dade in the pocket........ there is a special place in Hell for people who allow things like this to go on.

    • Adela Alvarez MIAMI, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      We are the voices of the forsaken, and forgotten! So many innocent lives have been destroyed because it's easier and cheaper than having the love, patience and funds to care for these loving animals. Dogs and cats do matter in our society and we MUST do what is right. They are not rubbish!! Find a solution and replace Dr. Pizano with a caring individual.

    • Victor Valuja MIRAMAR, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      These are monsteres moving on to their next innocent victims and they need to pay for their evil actions.


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