Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles: FREE LEO, a "shelter" Great Dane, from LA's Dept. of Animal Services
  • Petitioned Brenda F. Barnette

This petition was delivered to:

General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Animal Services
Brenda F. Barnette
Manager, East Valley Animal Shelter / Van Nuys
Wendell Bowers
Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa
2nd Chance Animal Rescue / Chatham, Illinois
Cynthia Lee
Veterinarian / Katella Animal Clinic / Anaheim, CA
Dr. Saleeb

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles: FREE LEO, a "shelter" Great Dane, from LA's Dept. of Animal Services

    1. Petition by

      Johanna Welty

      Alamo, CA

Leo is a California Great Dane – a "gentle giant" -- who has been held unfair captive and cruelly victimized by the City's Animal Services "shelter bureaucracy” since December 19, 2012. Leo soon is scheduled to be shipped out-of-state to a Chatham, Illinois animal shelter -- in spite of the fact that a loving California family, long experienced with Great Danes, has been trying to adopt Leo since January 4, 2013, the date that this California family placed an "adoption hold" on Leo at East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys placed a "Welty adoption hold" on Leo.  Brenda Barnette, General Manager of the Los Angeles City Department of Animal Services, knows of Leo’s plight and also of the California family who has repeatedly and tenaciously tried to adopt Leo but she refuses to intercede or advocate on Leo's behalf. Instead, Leo remains boarded at a local veterinarian clinic where he was taken by a "shelter puller" on January 8, 2013 -- FOUR DAYS AFTER the California family placed their earlier "adoption hold" on Leo -- and without notifying the California adopting family of Leo's being "pulled."  Since Animal Services and other complicit parties, including the “puller,” have shown that they do not have Leo's best interests at heart, the City's entire shelter and rescue system -- and its proper adherence to animal rights practices -- must be investigated. This unconscionable travesty deserves all true animal lovers' immediate attention and swift response if Leo is to stay in California and become adopted by this loving California family. Please help rescue Leo from the City's mismanaged Animal Services bureaucracy. Please save Leo from being exiled in February 2013 to an Illinois shelter.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. "California LEO" advertised by Chatham, Illinois Shelter on Petfinder

      Johanna Welty
      Petition Organizer
      Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Great Dane | Chatham, IL | Leo

      Leo Extra Large * Adult * Male He is a 4 year old neutered Great Dane who was put in a kill shelter in CA. Since then, he has been assessed by several people and showed no signs of aggression to people or dogs.


    Reasons for signing

    • Carrie Riches ST. CATHARINES, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      This dog deserves a proper home, and it makes no sense that he cannot go to the one that is opening its doors to him.

    • michael travere AURORA, CO
      • 9 months ago

      To many of us they will never be just a pet. They are our family the one excited to see us come home. In this world our family members mean the world to us. Please set Leo free let him go home to his family the people waiting to give him a forever better life of love and happiness.

    • Cheryl Fellone WILLOUGHBY, OH
      • 10 months ago

      Why is this dog being held HOSTAGE, if there is a family that can give him a loving home, WHAT is the problem? This is absolutely ridiculous, this boy could have been in a loving home days ago! This goes beyond ridiculous, it is absurd and unfair to the dog! FREE LEO!

    • MacPherson Frazer ARGYLE, NY
      • 10 months ago

      Why are you doing this? Let Leo be adopted in a forever home! Anything else is just plain animal cruelty. It's way past time to end this type of abuse!

    • Dorothy Green MANTECA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Why is he being sent to a shelter when a family wants to give him a forever home?


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