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dogs rights

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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Massachusetts Legislators

Extend Massachusetts's seven day hold to include cats and owner surrenders

Many of us believe that ALL homeless dogs and cats and other domestic animals (such as bunnies, gerbils, etc) should have the BASIC right to go to a good home. Yet, in Massachusetts only stray dogs are afforded the BASIC right to be held at an animal shelter for 7 days before being euthanized --- this is so that the lost dog's owner has the chance to find and re-claim his or her pet.  The mandated minimum hold time for cats, rabbits, gerbils and other animals is zero days........yes 0 days. (Owner surrendered dogs also have a mandated minimum hold period of zero days.....) As the pet parent of cats, I would like to know that my cat -- should he or she become lost (although indoor cats, one can accidentally go outdoors) would also be held for 7 days so that I can find and re-claim my pet. As an animal owner, I would like to know that if illness or other condition forces me to relinquish my animals to a shelter, that my pets will not be killed right away -- simply because my animal is an owner surrender. I have no plans to surrender my animals -- most animal owners do not -- but animals should not suffer an immediate death for circumstances beyond the owner's control. Please join me in asking Massachusetts legislators to extend the mandated 7 days hold to all homeless domestic animals, unless seriously or terminally ill.  (Community Cats, unless seriously or terminally ill, should not be killed at all, but returned to the place found or another suitable location)

Committee for Pet Shelter Animals
7,819 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Shelterinfo@rivco.org

STOP RIVERSIDE SHELTERS FROM KILLING HEALTHY AND ADOPTABLE ANIMALS!

ProblemThe sheer number of animals who are HEALTHY and ADOPTABLE are being euthanized at alarming rates at the shelters (multiple shelters) under Riverside County Animal Services.  The statistics noted in the photo are for January 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018! It is staggering. Part of the outcry started with the recent euthanization of a HEALTHY, BONDED sibling who was shy, scared and alone since her bonded sibling who was her protector was hidden in a kennel in another building and she was all alone. This dog had rescue interest and was killed anyway. This is not the first, only or last dog to suffer the same fate. The animals listed on their site page are not updated in a timely manner making it more difficult for rescues and adopters to network these animals. The Rescue Desk is the main number but then you have to ask for the rescue coordinator at each of the shelters and if you look at the list of animals, they are divided into lists by animal,  “green, yellow or red status” and by shelter. Many rescues have complained that the shelter does NOT respond to their emails in a timely manner, therefore, animals with a RED status may be killed. The staff are often rude to rescues who call to complain about their emails going unanswered. The rescue desk is closed on Saturday and Sunday and they are “too busy” on Monday and animals are killed on Tuesday! Animals who become sick while in the shelters are not treated quickly enough and are left in general population with healthy animals which allows them to become sick as well. The Hayden Act is repeatedly violated and the protections afforded by this Act is blatantly ignored. HAYDEN'S LAW: SEC. 12. Section 31108 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read: 31108. (a) The required holding period for a stray dog impoundedpursuant to this division shall be six business days, not includingthe day of impoundment, except as follows:(1) If the pound or shelter has made the dog available for owner redemption on one weekday evening until at least 7:00 p.m. or one weekend day, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment. (2) If the pound or shelter has fewer than three full-time employees or is not open during all regular weekday business hours, and if it has established a procedure to enable owners to reclaim their dogs by appointment at a mutually agreeable time when the pound or shelter would otherwise be closed, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment. Except as provided in Section 17006, stray dogs shall be held for owner redemption during the first three days of the holding period,not including the day of impoundment, and shall be available for owner redemption or adoption for the remainder of the holding period.(b) Any stray dog that is impounded pursuant to this divisionshall, prior to the killing of that animal for any reason other thanirremediable suffering, be released to a nonprofit, as defined inSection 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, animal rescue oradoption organization if requested by the organization prior to the scheduled killing of that animal.In addition to any required spay or neuter deposit, the pound or shelter, at its discretion, may assess a fee, not to exceed the standard adoption fee, for animals released.Solution1. Respond to rescues in a timely manner. 2. Have someone available on Saturday and Sunday to speak to rescues about any RED listed dog. 3. Start treating sick dogs immediately to avoid contamination and spread of the illness. 4. Move sick dogs to medical; remove them from general population.5. Allow any 501c3 Rescue, whether partnered or not, to rescue animals. 6. Do not euthanize HEALTHY AND ADOPTABLE ANIMALS. 7. Allow BONDED siblings to remain together and encourage rescue or adopters to keep them together.8. STOP THE BLOOD BATHS. 9. Take better photos! Personal storyI have been watching the Devore and Carson Shelters in Southern California for several years now. Devore especially has a horrendous killing reputation with daily EUTH LISTS. Sadly, the Riverside Shelters have overtaken that position and the weekly blood baths are absolutely heartbreaking. Rescues and networkers are doing everything they can to help these animals and sometimes it seems that the shelters are doing everything they can to just kill, kill, kill. I will be updating this petition with further information but I wanted to get this launched so that we can start to make a difference and hopefully the killings will decrease. I am not so naive as to believe that all killings will stop, but in my world, that is exactly what I wish for! Please join me in this fight! Fight for the animals who have no voice but ours. We must force changes in the shelter systems. I encourage you to call, write and email the shelters.  Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter6851 Van Buren BlvdJurupa Valley, CA 92509Ph: 951-358-7387Ph: 1-888-636-7387Fax: 951-358-7300 San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus581 S Grand AveSan Jacinto, CA 92582Ph: 951-358-7387 Coachella Valley Animal Campus72-050 Pet Land PlaceThousand Palms, CA 92276Ph: 760-343-3644 Blythe Animal Shelter245 S CarltonBlythe, CA 92225Ph: 760-921-7857 Email: shelterinfo@rivco.org  

Terri McCabe
4,686 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Pennsylvania State House

Justice for Bentley - Change Dog Laws Following Deadly Attack

What we want to change: If a dog is killed or seriously injured by another dog (or multiple in our case) the law that dictates that the offending dogs be labeled "dangerous" does not apply to the offending owner if they pay off the citations and put up "no trespassing" signs. This needs to change as owners of dangerous animals need to be held responsible for their dogs actions.  The Painful Backstory: Bentley, our baby, a 2-year-old german shepard/Sheltie, was brutally killed by a pack of dogs in our backyard. While my mother had to watch in horror as the pack of dogs ripped him apart and dragged him into the woods, she couldn't do anything but scream as her baby was taken away by these vicious animals.  Bentley was found after the incident with his throat torn out and his lifeless body crumpled up behind our house near the woods.  The thing is, this is traumatic for everyone in our family. We lost a family member, not just a dog.  The offending dog, the pack of dogs that attacked Bentley, went free, still probably roaming the back roads and woods.  The Problem: The owner of the offending dogs has been cited 15 times in the last year. Her dogs have chased people, other dogs, seriously injured another dog, and now killed our dog.  The law can't touch her as she keeps evading court, paying the fines, and proceeding without being caught. Her dogs are dangerous and next time it won't be a dog, it will be a child waiting on the bus. These dogs, and their owner need to be held responsible. 

Colin Schwager
993 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to mmayeda@animalcare.lacounty.gov; , JUbario@animalcare.lacounty.gov; , ACardona@animalcare.lacounty.gov , MarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov , JGutierrez@animalcare.lacounty.gov , areal@animalcare.lacounty.gov , PWebb@animalcare.lacounty.gov , MLopez2@animalcare.lacounty.gov

STOP THE CARSON SHELTER FROM VIOLATING HAYDEN’S LAW!

Update: 9/4/18: 2 dogs have been found DEAD in their kennels in a 4 day span! Dogs are dying at Carson - in their kennels - on cold cement floors!________ Update 9/2/18: I am reopening this petition to bring awareness to the fact that 5 dogs were killed this past week for being labeled “aggressive”. One dog had already been there for 2 months before being killed. These are not peaceful deaths for these dogs. They don’t get the nice sedative, the arms surrounding them and soft whisperings of love and goodbyes.  THEY ARE P.T.D. (PUT TO,DEATH). Not sleep. Death. —————————————————————- UPDATE: Any dog who is in an LA COUNTY SHELTER for 60 days or more may be PTS with no advance warning! ************************************************* Mahatma Gandhi — 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' This was sent to the people who network to save RESCUE ONLY DOGS: This is from the former Deputy Direct of the Southern, CA Shelters: Carson, Downey, Baldwin, Lancaster and Agoura Hills.   I wanted to take the time to inform you that effective immediately there will be some changes in the animals in which you have been notified. All animals deemed "not safe" for placement due to behavior will no longer be made available to rescue's. You will no longer receive notifications on these animals and animals that fall under this category will be euthanized after there holding period is up. You will continue to receive notification on animals that are behaviorally sound and available. If you have any question please contact Allison Cardona the new Deputy Direct for the South County Operations. I will still be available but I encourage you to reach out to Allison for all your concerns, and let her know this is NOT OK!!!  We are asking that the recent Policy Changes implemented by Allison Cardona be revoked and that rescues be allowed the opportunity to once again give every dog a second chance by making them available to rescues!  Furthermore, we are requesting that Temp Tests be given on INTAKE and that they are administered by a TRAINED BEHAVIORIST, not a shelter employee!  Young, healthy dogs are being labeled NOT SAFE by a SHELTER employee. They use a FAKE RUBBER hand which is very human aggressive to a dog. Months go by without exercise, no toys, they develop open sores on their feet and legs, they become depressed and listless, they have no grass to roll in, no human contact, no love, no decent food, no baths, or even the simple act of being petted. They test them AFTER MONTHS in a kennel and almost ALL will fail.  LA County is breaking the law. What they are doing is a direct violation of Hayden's Law! HAYDEN'S LAW:  SEC. 12. Section 31108 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:  31108. (a) The required holding period for a stray dog impoundedpursuant to this division shall be six business days, not includingthe day of impoundment, except as follows: (1) If the pound or shelter has made the dog available for owner redemption on one weekday evening until at least 7:00 p.m. or one weekend day, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment.  (2) If the pound or shelter has fewer than three full-time employees or is not open during all regular weekday business hours, and if it has established a procedure to enable owners to reclaim their dogs by appointment at a mutually agreeable time when the pound or shelter would otherwise be closed, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment. Except as provided in Section 17006, stray dogs shall be held for owner redemption during the first three days of the holding period,not including the day of impoundment, and shall be available for owner redemption or adoption for the remainder of the holding period. (b) Any stray dog that is impounded pursuant to this divisionshall, prior to the killing of that animal for any reason other thanirremediable suffering, be released to a nonprofit, as defined inSection 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, animal rescue oradoption organization if requested by the organization prior to the scheduled killing of that animal. In addition to any required spay or neuter deposit, the pound or shelter, at its discretion, may assess a fee, not to exceed the standard adoption fee, for animals released. LA County is breaking the law. What they are doing is a direct violation of Hayden's Law! Please SIGN and SHARE this petition. Send emails, contact the media. Stand up and be an animals voice! We cannot allow this to happen! Thank you!  mmayeda@animalcare.lacounty.gov;  JUbario@animalcare.lacounty.govACardona@animalcare.lacounty.govJGutierrez@animalcare.lacounty.govareal@animalcare.lacounty.govPWebb@animalcare.lacounty.govMarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.govMLopez2@animalcare.lacounty.govjguzman@animalcare.lacounty.govAMota@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Terri McCabe
49,329 supporters