Pets in Condos Update
"We now have 1,829 signatures on the online petition to allow pets in privately-owned homes. Please do everything you can to spread the word before the start of the 2007 Florida House legislative session, to give support to State Representative Julio Robaina who will try to frame some legislation for us.
"At the very least, I hope he can get some solid legislation to stop condo boardS from going after people who have had pets in place for years with no nuisance complaints, and also to make sure letters from physicians and mental health workers prescribing emotional-support animals are accepted."
She cited a recent Miami Herald story about dog-poop issues: a profile of the WOOF Patrol, a group dedicated to making sure that South Beach stays clean, so that dogs will continue to be welcome. That story mentioned the pets-in-condos issue but almost as a footnote.
Maida then wrote to the Herald, which didn't publish her letter. So here it is, in part:
"Citizens for Pets in Condos works closely with the WOOF Patrol... and other Florida groups that help make South Florida a more pet-friendly environment.
"The WOOF Patrol does a lot of good work to educate citizens about being responsible dog guardians. They work hard to eliminate the number one objection to having pets. When pet owners/guardians act responsibly, it makes for a better environment for everyone.
"As one of our other partners, The Florida Pet Network always says in their monthly eZine, the NewsPetter: Time for the repetitive subliminal message from FloridaPets.net: "Doggie pooper scoopers, use them, always, everywhere you go. Good human."
To learn more about Citizens for Pets in Condos, click here. http://www.petsincondos.org
To learn more about Florida Pet Network, click here.