A new pet rescue group held their first inaugural meeting Thursday night in Tampa.
The founder of the new Tampa Bay Pet Rescue Association says their goal is to be a voice and support rescue groups as they try to save more lives at county shelters.
Art Fyvolent says they'll focus on Hillsborough County first and expect to show up in numbers at a county commission meeting.
"If we can go to the county commission with the voice of 25 rescues they're going to have to listen to us," said Fyvolent. "They're going to have to take us seriously and hopefully they'll do what we ask them to do because we're coming at in a positive way. We're coming at it in a way that we think will help them politically and also help the animals"
Fyvolent says they want better accounting for the number of saves and euthanasias and a return to the "open shelter" policy.
Ultimately they'll push for mandatory spray-neuter and an end to puppy sales.
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