The Palm Beach County Animal Regulation Division was established in 1970 by the Florida State Legislature through a special act for Palm Beach County. The Division provides primary animal control services for a human population of 652,195 in one of the largest counties east of the Mississippi, encompassing 2,578 square miles. The vast majority of the population is located along 45 miles of the Atlantic Ocean coastline. As the population has increased (Table I), the population center has moved further inland each year. The western expanses of the county are largely rural with farming as the main industry. Between the urban coastal areas and the rural western farming areas is an expanding suburban area.
Moore, Dennis, "Report of the Palm Beach County Animal Regulation Division" (1985). Management and Control of Companion Animal Populations Collection. 5.