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Help us save the cats and dogs of Los Angeles County.
It has come to our attention that recent changes to Los Angeles County’s ordinance will hinder lifesaving efforts in our county. But you can help by reaching out to our commissioners and asking them to improve the legal landscape for our county’s pets. The first issue is that the current ordinance criminalizes trap-neuter-return (TNR) and the caregivers who work to help humanely reduce the population of community cats. The ordinance claims that these volunteers are legal “custodians” of all of the cats they care for and then places onerous restrictions on their ability to do their work. We should be making it easier, not harder, to spay, neuter and care for our community cats.The law also makes it impossible to spay and neuter community cats in our taxpayer-funded county clinics. People who bring cats in to be sterilized must have written permission from the animal’s “owner,” which means that unowned community cats are ineligible for these services, which will only lead to more kittens being born in the streets and alleys.Finally, the county’s ordinance stigmatizes innocent dogs rescued from dogfighting busts (and even the puppies from these dogs, bred by dog fighters) by arbitrarily labeling them “vicious,” regardless of their individual personalities or behavior. That’s an outdated approach. The state vicious dog statute was recently changed to keep up with the times and remove these automatic labels, so our county ordinance needs to catch up. These dogs are victims of cruelty, and they deserve the chance to be evaluated as individuals and, if possible, adopted.Politics is not a spectator sport. Please take a minute to send a message to your county supervisors and ask them to take another look at this ill-conceived law. Help us spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.The animals are counting on us to be their voice. Together, we can Save Them All.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a Los Angeles County resident, I am extremely disappointed in the new animal ordinance. The law not only is contrary to a newly enacted state law, but it's also a huge impediment to saving lives and it needs to be amended.
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