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

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.

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


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