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STOP COVERING UP DOG KILLING FIELDS IN SKY VALLEY FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND GET THE DOGS TO SAFETY
  • Petitioning Paul Zellerbach
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

Riverside County District Attorney
Paul Zellerbach
Riverside Sheriffs Department
Stan Sniff
Riverside Animal Control
Robert Miller
Communications Director for Supervisor John Benoit
Darin A. Schemmer
Riverside County Supervisor
John Benoit
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Kevin Jeffries
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
John Tavaglione
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Jeff Stone
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Marion Ashley
Riverside County Supervisor
John Benoit
Riverside County Supervisor
Supervisor John Benoit
Deputy District Attorney – Indio
David Greenberg
CEO CMC - Desert Star Weekly
Eddie Verdugo
Editor
Desert Star Weekly
Legals
Desert Star Weekly
Publisher
Mike Perry - Desert Star Weekly
See response
Public Information Officer District Attorney
John Hall (Public Information Officer District Attorney)

STOP COVERING UP DOG KILLING FIELDS IN SKY VALLEY FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND GET THE DOGS TO SAFETY

    1. Petition by

      Help Stop Desert Dog Death Camp

Jackie Devereaux was forced to resign after breaking the story Dog Killing Fields in Sky Valley  With Devereaux's unwaivering journalistic focus in multiple editions of the Desert Star Weekly, she was able to reach animal advocates locally, nationally and internationally about the Desert Dog Death Camp where dogs have died mercilessly at the hands of Mary Bernadette Schwenn for decades - hoarding from county to county with aliases, dead animals in freezers and puppies burning to death on scorched desert land.


These advocates engaged and virtually shut down Supervisor John Benoit's and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach's offices with calls, emails and political pressure to do something. The Dog Death Camp was ultimately raided and Schwenn arrested on 10 countys of felony and 20 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty but the dogs continue to languish in the shelter and others are frightened, hurt and hungry, still out in the desert.

This abuser had been reported for years, but nothing was ever done. Only after Devereaux became aware of the story through local rescuer Kitty Pallesen and stood passionately firm in keeping the spotlight on the story did results begin to happen. Now Devereaux has been targeted for retaliation by Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit because of all of the political pressure she was able to garner for the dogs.

Last week Devereaux was forced to resign.

Management told her "no more animal stories."

Supervisor John Benoit, up for re-election allegedly called the Desert Star Weekly owner and said "Get Jackie Devereaux off my ass, otherwise I'll make sure you get no advertising in the Coachella Valley."


Dog Killing Fields in Sky Valley garnered more internet attention than any other story in the history of the paper. As a result of Deveraux breaking the story, animal activists showed up at a County Supervisors meeting and demanded action, showing in a presentation the abuse that has been gone on for years.

Benoit turned on Devereaux when it became clear that this Dog Death Camp located in his district may harm his political plans for re-election. He became Devereaux's enemy and launched a campaign against her which ultimately cost her her job.

We need journalists like Jackie Devereaux who don't cower and who are determined to protect animals. The Desert Star Weekly has published Devereaux's animal stories for years. It is only with the recent attention on the Dog Killing Fields in Benoit's District that a mandate to stop the stories has come down form the top.

As Jackie wrote in her last editorial for the paper Freedom of Press isn't Free (see page 4) politics is standing in the way of justice for animals. While the Desert Star Weekly and elected officials may have temporarily restrained Freedom of Speech, we will not be quiet while political corruption allows animals to be in danger.

Supervisor Benoit is planning a rare Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting in the Coachella Valley on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Please show up and help us send a clear message that elected officials have a DUTY to protect these dogs and ALL animals in Riverside County.

And, since the Desert Star Weekly is exercising restricting freedom of speech, you can keep updated on this story at a facebook page created to help the dogs:

https://www.facebook.com/HelpStopDesertDogDeathCamp

 

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Mike Perry - Desert Star Weekly responds:

      Mike Perry - Desert Star Weekly

      Hello;

      Thank you for writing; however, I think your comments to me/us are a little unfounded and this issue is in need of some clarification. Please let me explain.

      First, we think we have done due diligence in bringing the animal a...


    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kriss Erickson EVERETT, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      Dogs are sentient creatures that trust and depend on humans to care for them. It is our responsibility to be sure they are treated with kindness and respect

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    • Sandra Faucher COPPER CLIFF, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein

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    • Sandy Barker LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
      • 9 months ago

      This is inhumane and not acceptable! People like this must be stopped!

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    • Paula Arsenault KINGWOOD, TX
      • 9 months ago

      torture & murder should not be allowed. John Benoit should be ousted from office

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    • dijana Milosevic AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
      • 10 months ago

      Each country needs an urban intervention that seeks to raise awareness in our society about the reality that thousands of animals living on the streets are forgotten and ignored. In today’s world, where our routine and busy lives lead us to forget about the importance of our best and most loyal friends dogs.

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