Lancaster Animal Shelter Leaving Dogs In Poverty And Distress
Posted by Kendra J. Richardson on Mar 18, 2007 - 12:30:00 PM
LOS ANGELES—To many, their pets are members
of their families. Often dogs and their owners can be seen on the beaches in
California or on nearby
streets; throughout neighborhoods playing with children. Being that dogs can
become such an intricate part of a person’s family imagine how you would feel
if you were living in poverty or if you were subject to neglect by your living
conditions. How about for a moment imagine how you would feel if your dog was
forced to live that way. At the Lancaster Animal Shelter, dogs are living in
disgustingly vial conditions with no real hope in sight. However, you can help.
At the Lancaster Animal Shelter, dogs are
living in poverty. Several of them are living in absolute suffering at the
hands of constant neglect. The conditions are dirty and the dogs are residing
in their own urine and feces on a daily basis. All of the dogs are in need of a
good home for any real chance of survival. Abuse in animal shelters, to most,
would be viewed as a crime, but interestingly it isn’t. The abuse that takes
place in animal shelters is not punishable by law so often the abuse dogs
suffer goes unpunished.
In an interview with Bill Crowe, new
discoveries were made into the sad and disgusting conditions that dogs at the
Lancaster Animal Shelter and several others are forced to live in.
The conditions at the animal shelter were
first brought to Crowe’s attention through the Antelope Dalmatian Rescue Group.
The director of the rescue group called Crowe to seek help for a mother and her
puppies that had been rescued from the Lancaster Animal Shelter. The woman
advised Crowe that she found the dogs freezing and living in their own
excrements. Immediately, Crowe knew he had to see these horrendous conditions
for himself. Crowe says that what he saw was very “disgusting and disturbing”.
California law only punishes animal abuse in
the form of dog beating, improper feeding and animal cruelty such as beating.
Crowe explained that technically no crime has been committed at the shelter
under the current statutes set up by the
laws. In that the Lancaster Animal Shelter is a county shelter, the state laws
on animal cruelty do not apply. Until the state laws are modified to pertain to
county shelters, it will not be deemed as a crime the way the dogs are treated
For the laws to be modified, citizens are the key. Presently, the feelings of
the city council are split. Some feel that the way the animals are being
treated require attention and serious reprimand of the animal shelters that
allow these conditions. However, others feel that there are other pressing
issues and that the animals are the least of their worries. According to Crowe,
Assembly member Levine is the only active member that is truly concerned about
Crowe feels that public awareness is the
start for change. Public awareness results in action which is what is
necessary. Actions such as complaining, writing letters and calls to your local
assembly members will bring attention. Assembly members do take notice of the
issues they are presented with. Crowe believes that this is a good start.
Citizens can contact their local
representative and make their concerns known. You can call the
LancasterCity Hall to find out when the local
meetings are held. You can also write to the Los Angeles County Animal Care and
Control. Marcia Mayeda is the director at the Los Angeles County Animal Care
ControlCenter. The address is
5898 Cherry Avenue,
Public pressure is the way to create change.
Crowe says that according to Gandhi, “A nation should be judged by the way they
treat their animals”. Many animals are not provided the necessary mercies to
present a good picture of our nation. Make a change! Volunteer, write letters
and make your voice be heard.
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