The Division of Animal Services enforces the County's Animal Ordinance and the Florida Laws relating to animals, provides an animal adoption program, picks up and shelters stray, sick and/or injured animals, issues rabies license/certificates, investigates animal cruelty and neglect, and quarantines animals that have bitten someone. read on About
Pursuant to the requirements of Florida Statutes, two Australian Shepherds who attacked and caused severe injuries to a child on Dec. 24, 2012 have been euthanized in a humane manner. Since the time of the attack, and while legal proceedings were conducted, the dogs were quarantined in a safe and humane manner. Their owner was afforded the opportunity to oppose the initial determination by way of administrative hearing, which resulted in an extensive order finding that the dogs were dangerous and should be euthanized as the result of their unprovoked attack, which caused severe injuries on a human being. Florida Statute 767.13(1) requires a dog to be destroyed if it attacks a person or animal without provocation.
The initial order has been upheld by the court. Neither state nor federal courts decided to overturn the factual findings of the hearing officer. The Manatee County Commission has no authority to overrule the judge's decision enforcing a state statute. The hearing officer's decision was the final decision, as required by Florida law.
The County will have no further comment on the matter. read on Impounded Australian Shepherds
On October 11, 2011, Manatee County became the first in the State of Florida to have the Board of County Commissioners approve a Resolution and Plan to become a No Kill Community.
Click here to see our calendar year statistics... read on Shelter Statistics
Free Ride Promo
Adopt a dog or cat from our shelter from March 6th through April 6th and become eligible to be a star in our upcoming commercial.
Adopt your "star" today!
Dogs and cats are impounded at our shelter facility that were found to be in violation of our animal laws or turned in by a concerned citizen. If you have lost your dog or cat, we encourage you to visit our shelter to see if we may have your pet. read on Lost and Found Pets