Stop Recurrent Abuse at Animal Shelter

Target:  Mayor Anthony Silva of Stockton, CA

Goal: Stop animal abuse at the Stockton Animal Shelter

The Stockton Animal Shelter has faced a steady stream of criticism for the past several years. Citizens have alleged that there has been “ongoing pattern and practice of abuse” at the shelter that has resulted in the illegal killings of many dogs and cats. We must tell the mayor of Stockton to address this ongoing problem and force the Stockton Animal Shelter to stop its abusive practices.

The shelter is currently being sued by a group of citizens in alliance with the Animal Defense Fund. The lawsuit seeks to force the Stockton Animal Shelter to rectify the situation that leads to the reported animal abuse and begin to comply with municipal and state animal welfare laws. Animal Shelter Supervisor Pat Claerbout cites Stockton’s bankrupt economy, irresponsible pet owners who don’t spay and neuter their animals, and a badly outdated facility as reasons for needlessly euthanizing so many animals. Public records, however, show that the issue is really the result of a longstanding pattern of abuse at the facility.

The current lawsuit alleges that the shelter prematurely euthanized 322 healthy cats and dogs over the past year. Minimum holding periods dictated by law are routinely ignored. Kittens scheduled to be euthanized are held overnight without receiving food or water. Many animals are routinely killed because of minor and correctable behavioral issues.

The unnecessary killing and abusive treatment of animals at the Stockton Animal Shelter has gone on for too long. It is a pattern that must be ended. Please tell Mayor Silva to force this facility to comply with existing state and city laws and end its pattern of animal abuse.


Dear Mayor Silva,

For several years the citizens of Stockton have complained about the abusive treatment of animals at the Stockton Animal Shelter. Many dogs and cats are euthanized in a fashion that is not in accordance with the laws of your city and the state of California. This is part of a pattern of abusive behavior at this facility that has been reported by several sources.

Although the Shelter Supervisor, Pat Claerbout, cites Stockton’s bankrupt economy as the reason for these abuses, public records show this not to be the case. As the mayor of Stockton, you should be compelled to use your authority to stop this abusive treatment of animals. I urge you to take action to end the pattern of animal abuse at the Stockton Animal Shelter.


[Your Name Here]

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