For his birthday wish, Newark Mayor Cory Booker is raising money to build a state-of-the-art animal shelter. He plans to name the shelter "Patrick's Place" after Patrick the pit bull who was starved by his owner then placed in a garbage bag and thrown down the garbage chute.
While having a facility equipped to handle a large number of homeless pets in a humane manner is honorable, the best way to pay tribute to Patrick is by addressing the underlying causes of animal cruelty and abuse.
No animal should have to suffer what Patrick did. He had a strong will to survive and is inspiring people across the world to take a look at the way their own community treats animals.
Call on Mayor Booker to not only work toward a goal of a better shelter in Newark but to work toward preventing more cases of animal abuse by committing to tougher laws, humane education, assistance for animal victims of domestic violence, low cost spay/neuter, and an animal abuser registry.
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