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Petition to DIane Hutchings, Clay County Commissioner

Approve a New Shelter for Clay County Animals

CALL TO ACTION: GIVE CLAY ANIMALS AND STAFF A NEW, SAFE SHELTER In the wake of the MASS RESCUE OF ANIMALS from the catastrophic flooding at our old broken down shelter during Hurricane Irma, the animal advocates in Clay County and abroad were hopeful that Clay County Animal Services would finally get a new shelter.  Apparently, that is not even on the radar to the County Commissioners.... We, as a community, voted for the Capital Improvements tax to create funds for the shelter. The money has been collected and can include a new that is not 47 years old and does not have broken wiring and septic systems. One that can fully keep animals out of the weather elements, has enough kennel and cages to keep up with the amount of homeless animals, as well as have up to date technology and surgical/ medical supplies. But the Commissioners HAVE NOT AGREED to build one! 6 years ago, most of the animals who came into the shelter were euthanized. Things have changed! There is a now a huge group effort by CCAS employees and an ever-growing group of creative volunteers with The Friends of Clay County Animals Inc. who advocate and spend countless hours saving these animals lives, as well as providing medicine, heart worm treatments, life saving surgeries, and items for animal enrichment. Thousands of lives are saved every year, and this number continues to grow with the growth of the Clay Animal Community. Clay's animals ARE NOT SAFE at the current shelter. In Hurricane Irma's flood, animals were swimming in their cages until a mass rescue was coordinated to get them out of the shelter. The old facility is located in a flood zone, many many miles away from the majority of the population. Clay County needs a new animal shelter where visitors and potential adopters can easily come to meet or volunteer. Our animals DESERVE this!  There ARE funds allocated for a new shelter, this issue HAS BEEN DISCUSSED for several years with the Commissioners, and IT IS TIME for ACTION. Animal Lovers and Advocates throughout Clay and abroad are enthusiastically in support of a new shelter. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!  By supporting this petition you are adding your voice to those of Clay County residents and area supporters who believe in the positive, humane work that has begun at CCAS and can only continue with a next evolution of the shelter facilities. Thank you!      

Friends of Clay County Animals, Inc.
11,122 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Jim Wilson

Support Eric's Law, a law that requires people to report life threatening situations.

Eric's Law is a proposed "Duty to Report" law. It is named after Eric Ashby who was abandoned in the Arkansas River in Fremont County, Colorado on June 28, 2017. Ashby was on an excursion with four other people when he was swept away by the fast, class four rapids. His companions saw him desperately clinging to a rock, but they didn't call for help. They got in Eric's car and drove home and did not report the incident until 10 days later. To date (8/25/2017), Eric has not been found. A body was recovered from the river near Florence, CO (about 15 miles downstream from where Eric went in) and DNA/dental results are pending. The people who left him will not face criminal charges because Colorado's existing duty to report law only extends to instances of child abuse/neglect. A few weeks later, a young man from Arizona was discovered by an early morning dog walker, clinging to a life vest (he was not wearing it) in Vallecito Reservoir, La Plata County, screaming for help. The previous night, he and a companion went out on the reservoir in canoes. At some point, the young men capsized both canoes into the cold, deep water. The companion was able to swim to the shore, but the Arizona man was unable. Instead of immediately summoning help, the companion went home and went to bed. The Arizona man was fortuitously found by the dog walker the next morning after spending nine hours in the reservoir. When he was pulled from the water, he was in very critical condition.  Earlier this year, in Alamosa County, a young woman was abandoned after a horrific head-on collision. The driver of the car she was in did not render aid nor call for rescue. She leaves behind two very beautiful children to mourn her aching loss. That is three separate incidents, in three different counties, all within this year. The callousness presented in these cases is more than reprehensible, but we can make a difference and prevent more senseless deaths from occurring. Please support Eric's Law. It is a proposed "Duty to Report" law that requires anyone who witnesses a dangerous situation where someone's life is in danger to immediately, within the best of their ability, call 911. This is NOT a "Duty to Rescue" law that requires an individual to risk their personal safety, this is just a phone call, something pretty much everyone can do, especially in the age of cell phones. Nine other states already have this law, and we feel it is time for Colorado to step up to the plate. There is absolutely no reason someone, a fellow human being, should be left to die when help is so easily accessible. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please sign this petition and share it with your friends and family. Together, we CAN save lives!  

Misty Morris
60,431 supporters