August 17, 2011
We wanted to share a note from Toni Bodon of the rescue group STRAY FROM THE HEART. SFTH sued the City for violating the law requiring that animal shelters be built in the Bronx and Queens. That law is slated to be repealed as part of a proposed agreement negotiated between City officials on the one hand and the ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance on the other. The proposed agreement will come before the City Council for a vote as early as September.
Shelter Reform joins with Stray From The Heart in urging you to sign the on-line petition (created by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer) seeking reform of our City’s animal care and control system. (See below). A petition sent by thousands and thousands of New Yorkers would certainly be a wake-up call to the Mayor and the City Council. It’s time to send the Department of Health packing from its control over the ACC.
The time for change is now.
Shelter Reform Action Committee
MESSAGE FROM STRAY FROM THE HEART:
Subject: Boro President Stringer ACC Petition – Please sign and share!
August 17, 2011
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has been a strong advocate for animal welfare reform in New York City, and one of our biggest supporters. He filed an Amicus Brief with the Court of Appeals in support of our lawsuit, which demands the enforcement of the 2000 Animal Shelter Law requiring the City to open full-service shelters in the Bronx and Queens where thousands of stray dogs roam the streets.
Stringer has drafted a petition which we hope can translate into a legislative bill to restructure the entire shelter system in the City. Please read the Page he wrote and sign the petition (see links below). He needs 3,000 New Yorkers to sign it, so please share with others.
This is perhaps the most important time in New York City’s history to bring about the change necessary to benefit the thousands of homeless animals who enter our shelters with little hope of finding a good home. We can make a difference, and each of you can be part of this exciting initiative.
And feel free to send Stringer [ email@example.com ] a note thanking him for his leadership.