Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit Named ‘Outstanding Agency of the Year’

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'Paws and Stripes' Program named 2019 Outstanding Cooperative Team Achievement

For the second time in three years the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit has been named the “Outstanding Agency of the Year” by the Florida Animal Control Association for their outstanding programs and continued commitment to remain a “No Kill” Community! (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – For the second time in three years the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit has been named the “Outstanding Agency of the Year” by the Florida Animal Control Association for their outstanding programs and continued commitment to remain a “No Kill” Community!

In addition, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office “Paws and Stripes” Program was also named the winner of the “2019 Outstanding Cooperative Team Achievement” Award for their amazing work to train rescue dogs to become comfort dogs for children victims of crime.

The dogs are then provided to Law Enforcement Agencies across the state and country where they will help thousands of victims of crime in their service to their community.

The awards were announced last night at the annual FACA Awards Banquet in Orlando, Florida where Animal Service Teams from across the state had gathered for the annual conference.

My wife Susan and I were honored to attend the event along with our favorite K-9 “Junny,” as we watched in admiration the various presentations about the award finalists from across the state and our very own BCSO Team’s amazing accomplishments.

The “Paws and Stripes” Program was recognized because of their amazing vision to use inmates to train rescue dogs that will no doubt impact thousands of child victim’s lives across the country.

The success of this program has been studied by the University of Central Florida as it is now a nationwide model for helping protect the lives of children who have become victims of crime.

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To have our entire Animal Services Team win the “Outstanding Agency of the Year” Award is an amazing honor, and to have won it two out of the past three years is an amazing testament to the dedication and love our team has for homeless pets in our community.

As the Sheriff, I am extremely proud of this team’s accomplishments and as a citizen, I am in awe of what they do to save the lives of homeless pets in our community!!

There is no question though, that without the amazing support of our rescue partners, our volunteers, our fosters, and our community we would not be where we are today, so on behalf of all our homeless pets in Brevard County…“Thank You!”

– Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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