Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Put an end to Southwest Florida’s steadily increasing rate of crimes against animals
Animal abuse cases are on the rise in Southwest Florida. Florida has struggled with animal cruelty for the past decade, but recent cases are getting even more serious. Not only is animal abuse and dog fighting more prevalent in Florida than in most other states, but it is also more often a front for narcotics, gangs, violence, and other crimes. Things are getting worse instead of better and this must be changed immediately.
The Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) has witnessed the worst parts of the most recent surge. Dogs are arriving at the shelter beaten up, hungry, and already in critical condition. During the past few weeks alone they have had five cases in which dogs needed immediate medical attention. The case of Coco is particularly heartbreaking. She was hit in the face with a bat. Her eye was badly damaged and eventually removed. Two dogs were also left outside the shelter in a crate. They were sick and hungry with wounds covered in maggots. Many shelters have to deal with abused or neglected animals on a regular basis, but not ones that need immediate medical attention day after day, or even week after week. The number of severe cases of abuse in Southwest Florida has become staggering.
Perhaps what is even more alarming is that this recent surge comes after a bill was passed into law that strengthened penalties for animal cruelty and was intended to combat the area’s animal abuse problem. Recent events have made it clear that animal cruelty is not necessarily a law enforcement or legislative issue, but a problem within the community itself.
Please sign the petition below and demand that the state of Florida do whatever is necessary to protect its animals and put a stop to its steadily increasing rate of crimes against animals.
Dear Governor Scott,
A recent surge of animal cruelty cases in Southwest Florida is making headlines across the country. The area has long had a problem with animal abuse and neglect, one of the biggest in the country, and conditions are getting worse. More and more dogs are ending up in shelters needing immediate medical attention.
Even with the passing of a bill that was established in order to combat the problem, the situation is worsening. Something must be done to change Southwest Florida’s perception of animals at a community level, not only a legislative one. Please give Florida’s animals the protection and respect they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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