Target: Akron Police Sergeant Kris Beitzel
Goal: Prevent pets from being left outside in dangerous conditions.
The city council of Akron, Ohio is proposing changes to the city’s animal cruelty laws. The proposed law spells out penalties for mistreating animals and increases restrictions on shelters and tethering.
A police sergeant named Kris Beitzel pushed for the measure because the current city laws are not strong enough to actually protect animals. The changes would add necessary language requiring owners to provide shelter from hot and cold weather for their animals. He explains that he has run into far too many suffering animals that were left out in subzero temperatures.
The proposal adds language that will include animal negligence and chaining. Some of the new rules spell out what a clean and insulated shelter structure should look like and also ban tying up animals for more than six hours a day. The also require chains to be at least 20 feet long. Leaders of Akron will discuss the legislation after a presentation by Sgt. Beitzel and the Humane Society of Akron. This law would charge violators with penalties of up to 1000 dollars and jail time. The vote for the measure will take place soon.
Please sign this petition to thank the city of Akron for looking into giving stricter penalties for animal abusers.
Dear Police Sergeant Kris Beitzel,
Animals are completely defenseless and count on their caregivers to properly take care of them. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen. Some animals are left out in the cold in cardboard boxes that are not good enough to be called dog houses; others are tethered all day while their owners are at work or school. We are pleased that the new city law you have proposed would make sure all animals have an adequate shelter and put an end to tethering problems.
Sgt. Beitzel, thank you for leading this new proposed law to beef up animal cruelty laws in Akron. The law perfectly defines what is considered an adequate outdoor shelter for pets. Thank you for also spelling out the penalties for people who decide to ignore the rules. Nobody wants to see animals left out with no shelter or food. Nobody wants to see animals tied up all day and night alone in a family’s backyard. We fully support you in your endeavors to put a stop to cruel animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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