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animal protection

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Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Animal Control and Enforcement, Animal Care Services, Dog owners, San Antonio, Mayor Ivy Taylor, NW Crossing HOA

Stop Aggressive Dogs - Rest in Peace Aysia

On April 23rd 2017, two pit bulls broke into my backyard and attacked my 5 year old Yorkie (Aysia) and 4 year old Chorkie (Cyris). My wife and sister in law ran out to attempt to free my Yorkie from one of the pit bulls mouth as he ran around the yard holding her by the neck of her lifeless body. Cyris was able to escape after being bit numerous times. The pit that had Aysia took a shovel to the head and dropped my deceased baby and ran off. The other was injured by the shovel when it was struck in the arm. My wife rushed the Chorkie to the emergency vet for recovery and by the time I arrived home, cops had arrived. I told them to retrieve my baby girl Yorkie, when they did, the injured pit bull attempted to attack so the officer had to disable it. I was given my Yorkie to hold one last time as her body was still warm and soft but was motionless. My Chorkie is currently recovering 3 bite wounds, 2 broken teeth, and is on 5 types of medicine. These aggressive dogs broke a plank to enter my backyard. It was reported that the pit bull that was put down, had attacked and severely injured a dog in my neighbors yard one week prior. Why was this dog still in a household? Why was this dog not taken away? Why weren't we informed to be on alert if the dog was still in its household? I want to create a movement to keep any aggressive dog off the streets and either in their rightful homes or at the pound. All aggressive dog breeds should be registered to ACS, any that are bred and not registered are to be considered illegal and are subject to removal with fines to the ownership. If these registered animals are to remain in a household, they should be placed on high restriction, proper notification provided to the neighboring homes and communities, complete friendly behavior training programs, maintain a frequent visit for evaluation by ACS, and only allowed outside with supervision. Failure to abide by rules like these and the animal should be taken away. You may argue that, situations like these are probable to happen often, but what if my 2 year old niece had been outside... All it takes is one time for it to happen, mine was the second and now I wake up to an empty food bowl, dog bed, and a hole in my heart where my best friend used to be, because of someone else's negligence and inability to maintain proper behavior of an animal with record of aggression, my household will never be the same.

Stephen Aparicio
68 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit

Demand the Investigation of Desert Oasis Farm & Dog Boarding

Zero, a 1 year old German Shepherd, and Keizer an 11 year old Lab-mix, were boarded on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Desert Oasis Farm and Dog Boarding in Buckeye, AZ (greater Phoenix, AZ). The owners, Meaghan and Luke, were on their way out of town for a few days heading towards Las Vegas by car. They were to be picked up on Monday, February 20, 2017 when they returned. Meaghan and Luke chose Desert Oasis Farm and Dog Boarding in Buckeye, AZ through a booking company website for boarding pets. Desert Oasis  advertised dog boarding on their land with "3 acres of SECURELY FENCED YARD" for them while they went out of town. They went in person and checked out the home business. They trusted their boys would be safe and happy there. It couldn't have been further from the truth. On the morning of Saturday February 18, 2017, Meaghan and Luke were contacted by someone with a rescue that their Lab-mix Keizer was found at-large and terrified. Quickly, it was confirmed to Meaghan through this conversation that Zero had been hit and killed the day before. They were devastated. In a matter of minutes their world was turned upside down. This was the first time Meaghan and Luke heard the confirmation of Zero's death, and it was from a total stranger. They were emotionally devastated. The owners of Desert Oasis Farm and Dog Boarding had not contacted them and informed them of anything wrong when it occurred. Prior to Saturday morning's events, nothing was said about the dogs missing, about Zero being killed, about Keizer missing. Desert Oasis had Meaghan's contact info. The owner, Kate, had called and text messaged Meaghan on Wednesday to let her know all was okay. But it wasn't all okay, and never would be again. Both Zero and Keizer were found miles from the boarding facility's location in a different city. Zero was hit by a car Friday morning February 17, 2017 and killed at 6:38 AM in Goodyear, AZ. The accident shut down S Estrella Pkwy in Goodyear, AZ (greater Phoenix, AZ area) for a while in both directions. Zero suffered a broken back and head injuries, among many others. He quickly succumbed to the trauma and passed away. Zero’s brother, Keizer, was missing without his collar on. Keizer is 11 years old with arthritis medication and cannot move faster than a jogging pace. Keizer was missing for approximately 2 days before he was found and brought to safety. When he was finally recovered, he could barely move from exhaustion and had to be examined by a veterinarian. He was dehydrated and had limited mobility in his joints. Unfortunately, Zero did not live through the experience and will not see his second birthday. Desert Oasis Farm and Dog Boarding has told many different versions of what happened to different people. The owners believe they have yet to be told the truth. The facility never contacted the owners when the dogs went missing on Thursday (or whenever it may have been.) The dogs should never have been able to get off the property. The boarding facility owners haven't displayed any remorse.  Adding insult to injury, the husband (Joe) filed a false dog bite report against Keizer alleging Keizer bit him the morning of Friday February 17, 2017 at a time after Zero had already been killed and Kiezer was already missing. Not only are statements he made false, but it states that Keizer got out through an open gate but Joe found him. He also falsely stated the owner had picked him up. MORE LIES At that time on Friday, Meaghan and Luke had been told nothing, had no idea that Zero was dead and Keizer missing.  Meaghan and Luke, rescue people, Maricopa County, and others have been told many different stories about what happened. Nothing adds up. Nothing makes sense. Meaghan and Luke, the owners of Zero and Keizer, entrusted their most precious in the hands of Desert Oasis. Now Zero is deceased and Keizer was found at-large. Meaghan and Luke are joined by many others who demand Maricopa County Sheriff's Office  (MCSO) investigate and hold Desert Oasis Farm and Dog Boarding responsible for the crimes of fraud, negligence, and animal cruelty. They are directly responsible for what happened, and directly responsible for Zero's death! MCSO wants to label this an "accident." Accidents do not equal lies. Accidents do not equal false reports. Accidents do not equal many different versions of a story. This is no accident. It's a choice. It's intent to hide from the truth. They cannot hide. Desert Oasis should never be able to hurt anyone or any animal ever again. We have chosen to stand up for Zero and Keizer because they cannot stand up for themselves. They have no voice, so we are their voice. Dogs love and trust us with all their hearts and we should not stand for what we feel is negligence and cruelty! Help us bring justice to Zero and ensure this does not happen to anyone else. Thank you for your support!

Leslie Meehan
1,055 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Mark Herring

Pass a Virginia law requiring dog owners to keep their dogs inside in harsh temperatures

Legislation is greatly needed in the State of Virginia, requiring dog owners to keep their pets indoors once the temperature drops below 35 degrees, or exceeds 85 degrees. Currently, there is no protection for dogs left outside, and severe weather poses a fatal threat to these defenseless creatures. Rainbow is a recent example: On the morning of January 12, 2017, a dog was found frozen to death in Accomack County, Virginia. Two men have were found to be responsible for the death of this dog when she was left outside in freezing cold temperatures. Her neck was bound by a chain that prevented her from reaching her flimsy un-insulated dog house, and she died an agonizing death, alone. She was named posthumously named "Rainbow." Unfortunately, it is a common practice to leave dogs outside in extreme weather. These are just a FEW cases from Virginia: Two Pit Bull Dogs Freeze to Death in Frederick County, VA Owner gets second animal cruelty charge after pit bull dies from heat stroke in Henrico, VA Two dogs die of heat stroke in Newport News, VA Suffolk, VA woman charged with cruelty in dog death Dog dies of excessive heat in Bristol, VA Dog freezes to death in Accomack County, VA (Rainbow) Dog Dies After Being Left in Hot Car Outside Virginia PetSmart The general consensus is that dogs are not susceptible to harsh climates, and that their fur makes them resistant to such temperatures. This is untrue. To the contrary, dogs suffer a great deal in these conditions.  Numerous animal welfare organizations, including the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States, have urged pet owners to keep their animals inside during times of extreme and inclement weather that is life-threatening to animals left outside.  Recently, there have been several cases of people leaving their pets chained outside, day and night, in extreme weather. Many of these animals FROZE TO DEATH and there is NO LEGAL RECOURSE TO PROTECT THEM OR TO HOLD THEIR OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE! We are appealing to you to help us protect our best friends!  Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently signed Emergency Legislation on February 21, 2017 to protect animals from harsh weather: DC Mayor signs "Momma's Law" See a similar law passed by Massachusetts last year: malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter248 Illinois: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0311 And in Indianapolis: https://www.municode.com/library/in/indianapolis_-_marion_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TITIIIPUHEWE_CH531AN_ARTIVCATR_S531-401GEREANCATR    

Gary Sweeney
13,170 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Trey Gowdy, Bill Sandifer, President of the United States, Soi dog foundation, Marc Ching, HSUS , Jeff Duncan, Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, United States Supreme Court, Change.org Support Admin

SC DEMANDS TO BE HEARD. OUR VOICELESS ANIMALS NEED US. NO MORE ABUSE. STOP THE KILLINGS.

       The systematic killing of animals in S.C. shelters is not “necessary” or simply “lamentable.” And it is certainly not a “gift” as the heads of HSUS, the ASPCA and PETA have indicated to one degree or another. The system is ugly, broken, regressive and violent. And it is so by design. The sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can focus our energies on fixing it. By making our shelters the safe havens they should be, we make them safe for animal lovers to work at, too. But it is taking far too long, and too many animals are being subjected to systematic and unrelenting violence, because the large national animal protection organizations are defending and protecting the status quo. These organizations fight progressive legislation to save tens of thousands of animals every year from those brutal environments. They send letters and staff members to fight shelter reform. They defend the killing with circular reasoning, fuzzy math and regressive, antiquated dogmas. Or, they celebrate these agencies when they should be holding them accountable. And, in doing so, they abdicate their mission to protect animals through oversight of shelters in order to defend harm by providing those who abuse and kill animals political cover. And not one by one or two by two or a thousand by a thousand or even by the tens of thousands, but millions upon millions of animals are marched to their needless deaths while these national organizations continue to ignore their plight. So we must do it in spite of them. Ending the routine and casual killing of animals will not only save the lives of four million animals every year, but it will bring decency and compassion to our nation’s shelters where these virtues are in tragically short supply. The No Kill revolution starts with each and every one of us; the killing, and the accompanying neglect and abuse, ends when we demand that it does.    

Sue Kohl
147 supporters