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Petitioning General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Animal Services Brenda F. Barnette and 4 others

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.

Letter 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
and 2 others
2nd Chance Animal Rescue / Chatham, Illinois Cynthia Lee
Veterinarian / Katella Animal Clinic / Anaheim, CA Dr. Saleeb
FREE LEO, a "shelter" Great Dane, from LA's Dept. of Animal Services. Currently, Leo remains boarded at an Anaheim Veterinarian Clinic where a "puller" delivered him on January 8, 2013 after she took him from East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys -- where just FOUR DAYS EARLIER a California family placed an "adoption hold" on Leo.

The "puller" intends to ship Leo next month to 2nd Chance Animal Rescue in Chatham, IL. On the PetFinder site, 2nd Chance already is advertising Leo as up for Illinois adoption and due to arrive in Chatham, IL in March 2013.

Since January 4, 2013, a California family, longtime California residents and Dane lovers, have been trying to adopt Leo. Four days later, on January 8, 2013, the "puller" removed Leo from East Valley Animal Shelter -- the Shelter never called or in any way alerted the adopting family of the "puller's" removal of Leo. Brenda Barnette of Animal Services refuses to intervene.

Please help Leo become adopted by a quality California family. Please do not let Animal Services allow a "puller" to ship Leo to yet another shelter, this one in Illinois!

Please do not force Leo, a California Great Dane, to be exiled to Illinois when a quality California family has long fought to adopt him.

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