Reject Unfair “Dangerous Dogs" Amendment to Title 10
  • Petitioned Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Reject Unfair “Dangerous Dogs" Amendment to Title 10

    1. Angelenos For Animals
    2. Petition by

      Angelenos For Animals

      Los Angeles, CA

The amendments to provisions of Title 10 governing "potentially dangerous dogs" and "vicious dogs," as proposed by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, are misguided and unfair. At a time when Los Angeles County residents are demanding reforms that will lead to LESS killing of animals at County shelters, the Department of Animal Control is pushing an amendment that will result in MORE unwarranted killing.

The new definitions will cause innocent dogs to be at risk of being labeled potentially dangerous or even vicious, the administrative hearing procedure will be a mockery because the "judges" (animal control officers) will not be neutral, and few people will have a real opportunity to appeal to a court because of the outrageously short time provided for filing an appeal (just five days, which is not nearly enough for regular people unfamiliar with the court system to figure out how to pursue an appeal or find a lawyer to assist them).

There is no valid reason for the proposed amendment. The Department of Animal Control has presented no evidence that the present system is inadequate to deal with dogs who truly are potentially dangerous or vicious, leaving the public at risk of harm from such animals. The Department’s only justification is to save itself the cost of providing a fair process, at the expense of County residents, most of whom consider their dogs members of their family.

A dog unfairly labeled potentially dangerous later can be deemed vicious based on a lower threshold, making that dog potentially subject to a death sentence. When placing a life at risk, particularly a life that is part of someone's family, basic fairness requires a neutral arbiter or at least sufficient time to appeal to a neutral arbiter. The proposed amendment provides neither.

Moreover, Animal Control officers are not qualified nor do they have the time to act as hearing officers. They have no legal training, and with current deficiencies in staffing, they are not even performing their present duties well, as evidenced by the fact that people visiting shelters for the purpose of adopting animals do not receive proper assistance, impounded animals are “lost,” disease epidemics are common, and animals continue to be kept in filthy kennels full of feces and urine.

The Department of Animal Control should be focusing on reforming itself to meet its state mandate to reduce shelter killing of animals, instead of wasting time fixing problems that don’t exist to make it easier for the Department to do more killing.

Residents of Los Angeles County are encouraged to attend the public hearing on this amendment that will take place on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. and to request to address the Board. The address for the hearing is:

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Board Hearing Room 381B
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The amendment appears as Item No. 18 on the Board Agenda for July 26, 2011.

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. UPDATE: We have a great turnout at the hearing!

      Angelenos For Animals
      Petition Organizer

      The amendment still hasn't come up in the hearing. Board is still hearing public comment on Agenda Item No. 1. Link to live online broadcast of the hearing is linked here.

    3. 1,739 Signatures - THANK YOU!

      Angelenos For Animals
      Petition Organizer

      Good luck to those speaking at the hearing! A big thanks to the wonderful networking of Ledy VanKavage with Best Friends, which resulted in more than 1,085 emails of opposition sent to the LA Board of Supervisors. Letter from attorneys linked below.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. L.A. County Animal Control Power Grab Would Impact Victims of Cruelty

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is rewriting their animal control ordinance to give animal control unprecedented power.
      Angelenos for Animals, who started a petition on Change.org opposing the new language, rightly believes that the...

    6. We've passed the 1,000 signatures mark!

      Angelenos For Animals
      Petition Organizer

      This is an enormous accomplishment and we want to thank everyone who signed and shared and inspired so many people to make a stand for change. The petition will remain open until tomorrow, so keep sharing to LA County residents!

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Stephanie Wescott BURBANK, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      There is far too much vagueness in the wording of this ordinance now. People will be able to take out their hate of one another on animals far easier; human negligence, laziness, and pettiness will lead to the death of many an innocent pet.

      How many good dogs act protective, scared, aggressive toward the ACO uniform? Plenty, and they are not dangerous; they just know what that uniform means. And now that uniform is also judge, jury, and executioner to them.

      Those humans who beat, burn, and neglect animals still get the right to be heard in front of a judge; it is only fair and just that the animals accused of being "aggressive," "dangerous," and "unpredictable" (many of whom were beaten by humans) also deserve their day in a court of law for their human guardians to speak for them.

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    • rai gaffey ;LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Don't let poor dogs suffer b/c CA lawmakers are inept at balancing a budget!!!!! I can tell you that I will scream to high hills next election not to vote for any of these LA board supervisors!!! Hold a vote over their heads!!! This is more important to them than saving LA money!!!! They only care about their positions!!!!!!!!! Tell them you won't vote for them again if they pass this!!!!!!

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    • colleen dunkle WESTMINSTER, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Animals will often come across in an aggressive manner out of fear. dogs are much like 2 yr. old children. Imagine a lost toddler alone, lost, only stangers (humans & animals) in often dirty, cold/hot environment, potentially hungry, bombarded with fleas & more, not g when or of they will ever be loved!

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    • Anne Schwarz LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This is a bad law. Animal Control officers with no formal training in animal behavior are not qualified to be making these decisions and animals will be the ones to suffer as a result. There needs to be a well-thought out process and checks and balances that treat both animals and humans fairly. This is not it.

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    • Sherry Powers BLUEFIELD, WV
      • about 3 years ago

      Instead of going after the poor animal, why don't they start going after the owner who has made the dog "mean" and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law? It isn't the animals fault, it is the fault of the idiot that owns it.

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