Target: Marcia Mayeda, Director of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control
Goal: Improve shelter policies to ensure the safety of shelter animals
Recently, attempts have been made to rescue puppies from a Los Angeles animal shelter. Unfortunately, these puppies were lost in the shelter’s drainage system before they could be rescued. Safety polices need to be changed at the Lancaster Animal Shelter in order to ensure the safety and well-being of their shelter animals.
Lancaster Animal Shelter has a horrible reputation for losing smaller animals down their drainage system. This is a result of the drains being left completely open and exposed in the shelter’s kennels. The drains are left open due to the employees method of cleaning the kennels; instead of actually taking the time to clean the kennels, the employees leave the drains open so they can just hose all the wastes down the drain.
This is extremely irresponsible, dangerous, and unacceptable. The “convenience” of being able to simply hose waste down a drain should not take precedence over the safety of the animals. By leaving the drains opened and exposed, the employees of the Lancaster Animal Shelter are endangering the lives of their shelter animals. These animals are at a great risk of crawling into the open drains where they will most likely become trapped and die.
If an animal is lucky enough to evade becoming stuck in the drain, they are able to escape through the drainage system. While it may seem that they are more fortunate than those animals that cannot escape, they too will ultimately face the same fate. The animals that escape are tossed into the desert by the drainage system where they will ultimately face death from dehydration, exhaustion, or starvation.
These tragedies can be easily prevented. Stricter safety polices must be enforced and followed at the Lancaster Animal Shelter in order to ensure that no other animal will suffer a horrible fate as a result of employee negligence. Sign the petition below to urge the director of the Los Angles Department of Animal Care and Control to enforce stricter safety policies at the Lancaster Animal Shelter.
Dear Ms. Mayeda,
It has come to my attention that one of the animal shelters in Los Angeles County has been guilty of neglecting the safety of its shelter animals. The Lancaster Animal Shelter has developed quite a nasty reputation of losing small animals in their drainage system.
The animals are lost because employees prefer to keep drains open to ease the process of waste removal. This is completely appalling and horrendous. The lives of their shelter animals should not be compromised based on the employee “convenience.”
Action must be taken immediately to ensure the safety of the shelter animals. Please enforce stricter safety policies at the Lancaster Animal Shelter to ensure that no more animals are killed by careless negligence.
[Your Name Here]
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