Target: Senator Jamie Eldridge of Massachusetts
Goal: Condone efforts to save abandoned animals in foreclosures from illness and death
Massachusetts Senator Jamie Eldridge recently proposed a bill that will ensure animals abandoned in foreclosed homes are discovered and saved from a tragic death. Prior to this bill’s introduction, animals abandoned in foreclosed homes would potentially die because no one was obligated to investigate the property in a timely manner after vacancy. The bill has yet to come into law, though has great potential. If passed, the bill will save countless animals from prolonged suffering.
The bill was introduced after a dog was found dead in an abandoned building. Having passed the Senate with no contest, the bill is now scheduled for a vote in the House. If passed, landlords will be required to inspect their buildings within five days of vacancy in order to discover any abandoned pets or animals. If any animals are found during inspection, animal control authorities will be notified and the animal will be given a chance at a happy life.
Ensuring that abandoned animals are discovered and properly cared for is very important. By signing this petition, you will lend your support to this crucial bill and help persuade the House of Representatives to protect the lives of abandoned pets by signing this bill into law.
Dear Senator Eldridge,
I am writing to express my support of the recent Senate bill that, if passed, will require landlords to inspect their vacated property within five days. I believe this is an extremely important piece of legislation, which will ensure that abandoned pets and animals are properly cared for in a timely manner. As you know, there are too many incidents where animals are abandoned along with a foreclosed building. As was the case with a recently deceased dog, too often animals are locked inside the abandoned property and left to starve to death. This is a heartbreaking, yet easily preventable, outcome.
Please use the signatures generated by this petition to inform members of the House of Representatives that this bill has great support. Thank you for standing up for abandoned animals and working to ensure that they have the opportunity to find a happy home.
[Your Name Here]
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