STOP THE KILLING, We Demand an Investigation of Lewisburg Animal Shelter's Practices
  • Petitioned Tommy Engram

This petition was delivered to:

City Manager
Tommy Engram
City Treasurer
Donna J Park
City Recorder/Secretary
Brenda M Brewer
Director of Economic Development
Greg Lowe
Wanda Adcock
Tax Clerk/Accounts Payable
Laura Jent
Gina Jones
Barbara Woods
Tennessee Governor
President of the United States
Tennessee State Senate
Tennessee State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

STOP THE KILLING, We Demand an Investigation of Lewisburg Animal Shelter's Practices

    1. Ronnie Van Zant
    2. Petition by

      Ronnie Van Zant

      Madison, TN

September 2012


From Petition Creator Ronnie Van Zant: "Through our petition and resulting protest for change in Lewisburg, the city has launched a new Volunteer Program and is talking about making changes to the care of the dogs and the facility to make dogs easier and better to adopt."

To see all current updates and links to all news stories as well as the protest, and much more, please visit our main page dedicated to the cause,


Our protest is scheduled for July 28th at 12pm at the Lewisburg City Square. Please see above link for more info on the protest.


All Media Inquiries Can Be Directed To :

Ronnie Van Zant

President/Founder of Pit Bull Awareness of Tennessee

615-669-PITS (7487)


Over the last year, Lewisburg Animal Shelter has had many faults in its daily functions. They have refused to allow volunteers to assist them in the facility, refused to install much needed equipment, refused to repair the failing structure which has left animals within the facility open to the elements, and much more.

The most recent atrocity to occur, which has happened multiple times, they have put down every sponsored dog in their facility. They refuse to release why they continue this practice to this day. The dogs put down on July 18 2012 all had commits to be saved from the shelter. This makes no sense, because someone was rescuing all the dogs in the shelters care, paying the adoption fee, and relinquishing any responsibility from the shelter. Instead, they used tax payer money to put down every single dog!

This is an abuse of power and abuse of tax payers money. We are demanding an investigation into the practices of Lewisburg Animal Shelter and the city council who is making these decisions.

This is animal abuse by the ones we pay taxes to and charge with caring for animals in their facility.

Please let them know we demand explanations as to why they kill dogs.

We understand they are a kill shelter, but if a dog has a commit that very day, then it should not have been put down, much less an entire commited population.

And if they do have a reason, they need to be able to provide legal documentation as to their decisions and the findings that lead up to that decision. By law, they are required. And as well as documentation, they are required to keep part of the animals body and send it off the state for testing if it is a facility wide outbreak. So they have to answer and prove why they murdered every animal in their facility, multiple times before now as well.


By signing this petition, it sends an email to everyone involved in this decision. Further more, you can contact the people directly involved by the info below :


Willard Cates, Animal Control Officer



Tommy Engram, City Manager



Barbara Woods, Mayor



131 East Church Street
P.O. Box 1968
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Fax: 931-359-7055

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Response fom the Mayor and the City Manager

      Ronnie Van Zant
      Petition Organizer

      This demonstrates their continued inability to take responsibility for their actions and continually blame the people demanding change.

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Protest Planned for Lewisburg

      Ronnie Van Zant
      Petition Organizer

      Event From PBATN's FB Page

    7. WSMV News Story

      Ronnie Van Zant
      Petition Organizer

      WSMV News Story

    8. WRKN News Story

      Ronnie Van Zant
      Petition Organizer

      WKRN News Story

    9. Lewisburg Update

      Ronnie Van Zant
      Petition Organizer

      Story on PBATN

    10. Lewisburg Atrocities

      Ronnie Van Zant
      Petition Organizer

      Story on PBATN

    11. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Karen Crowe SULPHUR, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      So happy for your victory! Please help us with our final push before a decisive city council meeting tonight. We need signatures. Please sign and share with your friends.

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    • Bob Conneilly HOMOSASSA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I have had pets my entire life, and love animals. When a cat or dog is in the process of being adopted, and the animal shelter kills the animal, rather than allowing the process to be completed, that is blatent cruelty to the animal, and the people who run the facility should be forced to lose their job as well as face legal charges.

    • casey Jackson CUMMING, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      They are not a shelter they are death clinic

    • Elaine Freeman EASTON, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I love animals. We need to protect them and keep them safe.

    • Laurie Miskell DALLAS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      What is wrong with you people? If you don't want to HELP these animals then why are you in that line of work? Have you no heart at all? Show some compassion, change these laws, stop those who are so kill happy and remove them before anymore precious creatures who have a chance to live are destroyed.?


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