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Animal Advisory Committee Meeting w/Guest Speaker FeralCat Expert Dr. Julie Levy

An intense debate is taking place in Hillsborough County about how to reduce the killing of animals at Animal Services. A Task Force has been assigned to research best practices, but not all members of this committee support No-Kill as practiced in over 200 community shelters across the nation.

Come hear different views on the feral cat issue. Some experts and members of our community suggest rounding up feral cats and killing them or warehousing them outdoors, while other experts and many animal advocates recommend Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNR).

If time permits, you may be able to speak for three minutes at the end of the meeting. Those who oppose TNR always attend these meetings and speak. Will you be there to speak for the voiceless? If you can’t attend, please watch the meeting on Hillsborough County TV.


Here’s the info:

Hillsborough County, Florida

Animal Services Task Force Workshop

December 12, 2012


Conference room A and B

26th Floor

601 East Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida

I. Housekeeping items and Session Ground Rules

II. Minutes and Feedback from Session Four

III. SME (Subject Matter Expert) Forum (Panelists) and Task Force Q&A


a. Dr. Carina Blackmore, DVM, DACVPM (via phone)

State of Florida Public Health Veterinarian

State Environmental Epidemiologist


b. Dr. Julie Levy, Director, DVM, DACVIM

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine

University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine


c. Mr. Donald Thompson, Executive Director

Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation


d. Ms. Sherry Silk, Executive Director

Humane Society of Tampa Bay


IV. Public Comments


V. Next Steps and Updates


a. January 9, 2013 Strategy Session for recommendations

VI. Adjourn


Note: Public Comments will be held at the discretion of the Task Force based on available time remaining in the session.


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  • Tom F.

    When the Task Force members finalize their recommendations, the County Administrator will report these recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners at a future BOCC Meeting. The public will be invited to offer comments based on the recommendations made by the County Administrator. This will be a critical time for animal lovers, advocates, activists, etc to voice their wishes and desires. If you would like to participate in this effort to convince our leaders to save healthy sheltered cats and dogs, please plan to speak at the pubic comment period at this important meeting. The specific meeting where comments will be heard has not been scheduled. However, based on the Task Force plan to discuss their strategy for submitting recommendations at the January 9, 2013 meeting, we should expect this to take place sometime before March 2013. Even if you do not plan to speak, advocates should plan to attend this meeting to support our furry friends.

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • Suzanne H.

    It was brought to my attn that the first speaker over the phone was given more time than Dr Levy which was a shame. Dr Levy had a great presentation. The Vet that coined the phrase "fantasy feral farms" after the suggestion that the County purchase land for a big shelter for ferals was spot on & Sherry Silk (HSTB) was great, too. The audience responses were cut short which was a real shame. Seems like the task force is dragging their feet which doesn't help the animals.

    2 · December 13, 2012

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  • amber
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  • Joan Z
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  • Suzanne H.
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