Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1356 By Senator Rader 29-01451-18 20181356__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Companion Animal Public-Private 3 Partnership Act; providing legislative findings; 4 providing definitions; prohibiting animal shelters 5 from euthanizing animals under certain conditions; 6 authorizing animal shelters to assess certain fees; 7 providing exceptions; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Companion Animal Public-Private Partnership 12 Act.— 13 (1) The Legislature finds that public-private partnerships 14 between local government shelters, private shelters, and 15 nonprofit organizations provide millions of dollars in cost 16 savings to local governments in other states that have 17 implemented such partnerships and that such partnerships reduce 18 the costs associated with holding and euthanizing animals to 19 taxpayers by transferring such costs from public agencies to 20 private organizations, generate revenue for local governments 21 through adoption fees, and reduce the number of animals 22 euthanized. 23 (2) As used in this section, the term: 24 (a) “Animal shelter” means a public or private facility 25 that: 26 1. Has a physical structure that provides temporary or 27 permanent shelter for stray, abandoned, abused, or owner 28 surrendered animals. 29 2. Is operated, owned, or maintained by a society for the 30 prevention of cruelty to animals, humane society, pound, animal 31 control officer, governmental entity, or contractor for a 32 governmental entity. 33 (b) “Irremediable suffering” means a poor or grave 34 prognosis for being able to live without severe, unremitting 35 physical pain, even with comprehensive, prompt, and necessary 36 veterinary care, as certified in writing by a licensed 37 veterinarian. 38 (c) “Licensed veterinarian” means a person licensed to 39 practice veterinary medicine in this state. 40 (d) “Rescue organization” means an animal rescue 41 organization, animal adoption organization, or organization 42 formed for the prevention of cruelty to animals that is 43 described in s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is 44 exempt from taxation under s. 501(a) of the Internal Revenue 45 Code. 46 (3) An animal shelter may not euthanize an animal if a 47 rescue organization has indicated it will take custody of the 48 animal. In addition to any required spay or neuter deposit, an 49 animal shelter may assess a fee, not to exceed the standard 50 adoption fee, for an animal released to a rescue organization. 51 (4) This section does not apply to: 52 (a) An animal suspected of carrying and exhibiting signs of 53 rabies, as determined by a licensed veterinarian. 54 (b) A dog classified as dangerous pursuant to s. 767.12, 55 Florida Statutes. 56 (c) An animal experiencing irremediable suffering. 57 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.