Archive for March, 2009

March 31, 2009

Article found on Becker and Poliakoff’s “Florida Condo and HOA Law Blog:  Pets Just May be the Right Medicine (http://www.floridacondohoalawblog.com/2009/03/articles/fair-housing/emotional-assistance/service-petsanimals/pets-just-may-be-the-right-medicine/)
Be sure to read the comments by Barbara Feeney on the advisory board of Citizens for Pets in Condos.

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There are several animal law conferences coming up in south Florida.  (Note that the topics go beyond laws related to pets.):

4/2/2009, 6 – 7 PM, Talk and book signing by PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews – “Challenging the Law on Behalf of Animals,” Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3305 College Ave., Ft. Lauderdale-Davie. Mathews is the author of the acclaimed memoir Committed. This presentation is free and open to the public and has been certified by the Florida Bar for one hour of ethics CLE credit. A reception and book signing will follow and are open to the public as well.

4/3/2009, 12:30 – 5:30 PM, UM’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) annual Annual Spring Symposium, Alma Jennings Student Lounge, University of Miami, 1311 Miller Drive. Coral Gables, FL. See the event flyer at http://www.petsincondos.org/UMAnimalLawSymposium2009.pdf.

Find more events on our calendar page, www.petsincondo.org/calendar.htm

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The Lincoln Hound Society has added a link to our web site at http://www.nonprofitpages.com/lincolnhoundsociety/leashlinks.html.  They are located in California, a state where the right to have pets in association-run housing has already been won:

California already has a law to allow pets: California Civil Code Section 1360.50, effective Jan 2001.  It states  that:

’No governing documents shall prohibit an owner  of a separate interest within a common interest development from keeping at least one pet within the common interest development subject to reasonable rules  and regulations of the association.”   The  law also applies to mobile home parks.
Under  California law, “governing documents,” by the way, includes “operating rules.”’

Activists in California are working to remove any limit to reasonable number of pets.  Citizens for Pets in Condos wants to see multiple pets allowed, within reason, because having other animal buddies often prevents or minimizes some behavior issues.

A few years after AB 860* was enacted, and pets were allowed in condos, Kathy Riordan, Commissioner, LA AnimalServices stated that “the kill rates in our shelters are going down; something is working.” Fewer animals are euthanized (killed) when there are more choices for placing them!

*the number of bill that resulted in California Civil Code Section 1360.5.
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MY cat Spike is in a photo contest.  Please vote for him.  He is #35 at http://petdoc.com/poll/choose-petdoccoms-most-awwdorable-pet-round-1-2.  Read more about him here, from when he was Pet of the Week at Florida Pets Network:    http://www.floridapets.net/catspike.html.  My very photogenic fellow has “starred” in a number of magazine and newspaper articles, and TV segments to “represent” Citizens for Pets in Condos.

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Citizens for Pets in Condos update 3/24/09

March 24, 2009

3/23/2009, 9 AM – 3 PM, Broward County and HOPE Fair Housing Center Present Fair Housing Month Celebration, Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Registration for the event begins at 8:15 a.m. To register for the symposium and to get additional information on housing discrimination, contact the Broward County Civil Rights Division at 954-357-7800 (voice), 954-357-6181 (TTY) or visit http://www.broward.org/civilrights. Individuals requiring accommodations in order to participate in this event must notify the Civil Rights Division at the time of registration or at least ten (10) business days prior to the event. Link to registration form: http://www.broward.org/civilrights/fhm_registration_form09.pdf

3/27/2009, 12 – 7 PM, Community Association Living Study Council meeting, Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139. Public Input appreciated — most likely afternoon! More info to come when available! MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR CALENDAR! This will be the last chance to testify to the legislature before the 2009 legislative session begins. We need people in that area of the state to let Florida Senators and Representatives know that the public wants pets allowed in association-run housing.

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Donations made to us through Network for Good last month have FINALLY reached us. This would not have been in enough time to let us get the ad we had wanted to put into the flyer at Festival Flea Market (nor did we collect ENOUGH money), but what we have collected will certainly help with operating expenses. Our ads in the Orange Gazette and in Senior News have proven to be effective and we are still paying the bills for those. We also used a lot of paper and ink to print up our brochures which will go in the attendee packages at the No Kill Advocacy Conference (http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/conference.html ). We also have some annual fees coming up that must go to the state of Florida.

Go to http://www.petsincondos.org/HelpUsHelp.htm#Donate, for information on how to donate.

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Our ad is in the latest No Kill Advocacy e-bulletin: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/pdf/enews_021.pdf on page 11. The ad has David Shapiro’s phone number that used to be on our ads.

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According to Animal Legal and Historical Center, 39 states (including Florida) have enacted Companion Animal (Pet) Trust Laws. Read more about pet trust law and find a link to a sample pet trust document in our legal information section Contact an estate and tax planning lawyer, eg. Locksley A. Rhoden, ESQ, in Hallandale, FL, for more information. Another resource brought to our attention by Florida Pets Network is the Pet Trust Law Blog by Danny E. Meek Esq of Naples, FL.

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Please contact your Florida state lawmakers and ask for their support of Senate Bill 2316 and House Bill 1215. Tell them that Florida greyhounds deserve the same basic protections that dogs receive in other states, and that it is important that state officials have the power to inspect greyhound kennels. Click here to find out how to contact Florida legislators (http://tinyurl.com/2ya6vq).