Target: County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan
Goal: Support Animal Services in Hillsborough County, Florida to help manage countless cases of cruelty and neglect
Hillsborough County, Florida has become home to so many large-scale animal cruelty operations that stopping them is nearly impossible. Dogfighting and cockfighting have become thriving businesses, but because of layoffs and a lack of funding Animal Services doesn’t have the means to investigate them. Something must be done to help them stop this immediately.
In November Animal Services uncovered a dogfighting operation hidden in a woods outside of the town of Seffner that had been active for over twenty years. When investigators arrived they found an enormous graveyard and several dogs with open wounds and covered in fleas. A month later, on New Years Eve, investigators from Animal Services broke up a cockfighting ring in Plant City where they found roosters with blades attached to them to increase the amount of damage they could inflict. Unfortunately, all of the birds had to be euthanized because of injury or aggressiveness. A man in Citrus Park was also charged with slaughtering horses to sell their meat.
This month County Chairman Ken Hagan plans to introduce legislation that will allow the county to seize the property of any business implicated in animal cruelty. The money from the forfeitures will then be given to Animal Services to fund investigations. The ordinance might also require offenders to pay for the care and rehabilitation of the animals they abused.
The new law would essentially recycle the profits of animal abuse to fund investigations that will put a stop to future operations. Please sign the petition below to support Hagan’s ordinance, which will give Animal Services the means to put an end to dogfighting and cockfighting in Hillsborough County.
Dear Chairman Hagan,
Throughout the past year Hillsborough County uncovered several large-scale operations profiting from the torture and neglect of animals. Unfortunately, Animal Services no longer has the means to handle the situation because of budget cuts.
This month you plan on proposing an ordinance that would allow the county to confiscate the assets of any business implicated in animal cruelty. The funds will then be used to support Animal Services. This is truly a wonderful idea and you have our support. By using the money earned from abusing and killing animals to save the lives of others you are not only turning the profits of something terrible into something instrumental, you are proving that the value of the lives of these animals is not discretionary.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Hillsborough County Animal Services