Protect Palm Springs' Homeless Animals!
  • Petitioned City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs Police and Animal Control Officials

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City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs Police and Animal Control Officials

Protect Palm Springs' Homeless Animals!

    1. Petition by

      Animal Legal Defense Fund

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June 2012

Victory

Victory for Palm Spring's homeless cats and dogs! In a big step forward for Palm Springs’ homeless dogs and cats, a settlement is being entered in California Superior Court resolving a lawsuit against the city, police and animal control officials, and the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter that alleged systematic abuses at the city’s shelter and improper use of the term “no kill.” In a lawsuit filed in April 2011, the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Riverside County residents had argued that the Palm Springs Animal Shelter failed to follow state and local laws protecting animals, resulting in the extremely high euthanasia rates of adoptable animals, despite the shelter’s publicizing itself as a “no-kill” facility. The lawsuit also alleged that the shelter failed to provide routine veterinary care to Palm Springs’ sick and injured homeless animals. Troutman Sanders LLP provided pro bono assistance with the lawsuit and the settlement agreement. ALDF is still awaiting signatures on the final settlement agreement. Why does the Palm Springs settlement agreement have tails wagging? The settlement will improve the lives of animals who are lost or abandoned in Palm Springs by making sure they receive all the protections of the law, including the requirements for veterinary care and accurate shelter reporting required by California’s Hayden Law. The settlement will also prohibit the shelter from using the term “no kill.” According to last year’s lawsuit, despite claims that it was a “no-kill” facility, a substantial proportion of the cats and dogs impounded at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter were in fact euthanized—more than 50% for live unclaimed dogs and over 80% for live unclaimed cats during certain periods for which requested records were made available. Thanks to the settlement, the Palm Springs shelter will now fully comply with all state and local standards. The terms of the settlement include: -Establishing holding periods for lost and stray animals that are longer than the minimum holding periods mandated by state laws; -Providing prompt veterinary care to ill or injured animals; -Keeping detailed records of all animals entering the shelter, including the numbers adopted, redeemed by their owners, euthanized, or deceased each month; -Increasing homeless animals’ chances of adoption through foster and off-site adoption programs -No longer advertising itself to be a “no-kill” shelter and providing information about euthanasia rates upon request -Inviting public comments, which will be shared with ALDF every three months. “We’re delighted that life will now be a little kinder for Palm Springs' homeless animals,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Thanks to the settlement, lost dogs and cats will have a better chance of being reunited with their families, and strays will have a fighting chance of finding loving new homes.”

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and outraged Riverside County residents filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court against the City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs police and animal control officials, and the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter for an ongoing pattern of abuses and failure to follow state and local laws protecting animals at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, resulting in the extremely high euthanasia rates of adoptable animals, despite the shelter’s publicizing itself as a “no-kill” facility. In addition to the unnecessary and wrongful killing of scores of dogs and cats impounded annually, the shelter has failed to provide routine veterinary care to Palm Springs’ sick and injured homeless animals.

Sign ALDF's petition to the City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs police and animal control officials, urging them to offer true protection and assistance to the homeless animals they are entrusted with protecting by immediately bringing the Palm Springs Animal Shelter into compliance with all state and local animal protection laws.

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    1. Hearings set for ALDF lawsuit against Palm Springs Animal Shelter

      Hearings have been set for July 28 and August 8th. ALDF is hoping to secure a court order to make the shelter comply with state and local regulations.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Lawyers for ALDF and the City of Palm Springs were in court on May 25th for the first trial date. The next step, a status hearing, has delayed the case until July 8th.

    4. Reached 1 signatures
    5. "No Kill" Shelter Sued for Killing and Neglecting Animals

      Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney, Marla Tauscher, adopted a dog from Palm Springs Animal Shelter a year ago. The dog, Bella, had been at the shelter for two months and was clearly emaciated. “When I saw Bella’s extremely weak condition, I knew...

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    • sandra m. -------------------------, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      PLEASE OFFER TRUE PROTECTION AND ASSISTANCE TO THE HOMELESS ANIMALS AND BRING THE PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER INTO COMPLIANCE WITH ALL STATE AND LOCAL ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS.

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    • Randy Stein DENVER, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      A "no kill" shelter that kills many animals unnecessarily and intentionally breaks local and state laws?? Have you no honor, no shame??? Hope the court forces you to do what you should never have to be forced to do if you had any feelings for animals in the first place.,

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    • Brittney Obrien TEMPLE, TX
      • about 3 years ago
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    • Kristen Woodard LAKEWOOD, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      Sounds like this "no kill" facility needs to be shut down. These places are suppose to be looking after the welfare of these animals, not neglecting them. And if it says "no kill", that's what it should mean!

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    • Victoria Molinari POULSBO, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      the greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated. - Gandhi

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