Termination of two dog breeders from Hillsborough County's Animal Advisory Committee
  • Petitioning Commissioner Mark Sharpe

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Hillsborough County Commissioner
Commissioner Mark Sharpe
Hillsborough County Commissioner
Commissioner Lesley Miller (Hillsborough County Commissioner)

Termination of two dog breeders from Hillsborough County's Animal Advisory Committee

    1. Jojo Hewlett
    2. Petition by

      Jojo Hewlett

      Tampa, FL

Whether done for profit or hobby, there is no such thing as responsible breeding (of even one dog), as long as thousands of healthy and adoptable dogs are being killed at our county's shelter, due to a lack of homes. 

Yet, Hillsborough County Commissioners Miller and Sharpe have decided it is appropriate for two dog breeders to sit on our Animal Advisory Committee... A committee who is appointed to reduce shelter intake rates, reduce euthanasia rates, improve adopton rates, and efficiently spend tax-payer dollars.

The consequences of breeding is clearly contrary to the goals of Hillsborough County Animal Services;  it does not benefit the shelter animals who need homes to save their lives, and it does not benefit the taxpayers of Hillsborough County.

Golden and Walker no more belong on such a board, than a furrier or seal hunter belongs on the board for an organization such as PETA or the Humane Society.

Walker and Golden's "breeding business" appears to be their top priorty.  They have a history of fighting proposed changes to the laws that might interfere with their breeding.... even if those changes would mean better protection/treatment of homeless pets. 

We must stand together to express our disapproval of this clear impropriety, and insist Golden and Walker be replaced with citizens who better meet the needs of our Animal Advisory Committee... People whose top priority is to save the lives of the thousands of homeless cats and dogs in our county -- to include promotion of spaying/neutering.

For those of you who are Hillsborough County residents, I implore you to remember this very important matter at election time -- including the names Sharpe and Miller -- then vote accordingly. The needy dogs and cats of our county are counting on us to protect them!

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    • spencer bard TAMPA, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      I totally agree and do not think these 2 indivuals should be on the board. They have been on this board for over 4 years now.

    • colleen dietz COOPER CITY, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Wayne Pacelle, of HSUS, has said that we need only 1/3 less breeders to end the killing in shelters. Why persecute good, responsible people who do so much for homeless dogs, just because they are responsible breeders? Breeders who health test for genetic defects, show and compete in multiple sports, and rescue as well. If all breeders were like them, there wouldn't be homeless dogs. Before anyone assumes, I do not breed, I rescue APBTs from Miami Dade. Please educate yourself about backyard breeders/puppy mills vs responsible breeders.

    • Leigh Bradley RIVERVIEW, FL
      • 3 months ago

      I've worked as a rescue dog foster parent. The stream of dogs needing adoption never ends. The AAC needs to be 100% focused on rescue dogs. Having 2 breeders on the committee would be counter productive.

    • Dale McKeel BRANDON, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Breeders on the the Animal Advisory Committee is a total contradiction to it's mission and a conflict of interest for the breeder's! Lisa Walker and Timothy Golden MUST be dismissed from duty on the AAC!!

    • Marina Tucker HOHENWALD, TN
      • 6 months ago

      There definitely needs to be a moratorium on breeding any dog or cat until all the homeless ones can find homes. Breeders add to the problem; they will usually not even rescue those of their breed that end up in pounds and shelters, but certainly are more than willing to put more animals out there!


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